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Daniel Clarke Waugh
EURO 494
Seattle Campus

Senior Seminar

Introduction to research into European topics and to the analysis of problems.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Previous year's syllabus
Last Update by Daniel Clarke Waugh
Date: 11/01/2002