Daniel Clarke Waugh
Introduction to research into European topics and to the analysis of problems.
While September 11 has made many people aware for the first time of the existence of Central Eurasia, those who study the region have long known of its significance historically and for contemporary geo-political concerns. This course addresses two facets of Central Eurasia's modern history: its long experience under tsarist and Soviet colonial rule and the related process by which national identities were created and are now being shaped in the framework of independent states. While the primary concern here is with the regions of Central Eurasia that until 1991 were part of the Soviet Union (Central Asia in the narrower sense) and now constitute the five countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, the subject also encompasses adjoining regions (for example, Xinjiang). This study focussing on Central Eurasia should be of interest to those wishing to develop a comparative perspective on colonialism and nationalism. NOTE: This course is Euro494B, crosslisted with SISRE 590.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Seminar format: discussion of assigned readings and regular essay writing in preparation for discussion. There may be some electronic discussion using web-based teaching tools.
Senior level analytical and writing skills.
Class assignments and grading
Approx. half a dozen assigned essays on the required readings.
Mainly based on written work; but some percentage for class participation.