Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide > Course Catalog 

Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Guntis I. Smidchens
HSTEU 454
Seattle Campus

Baltic History

Overview of the history of the area occupied by the Baltic countries of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. Emphasizes their emergence as modern European nation-states. Era from World War I to present treated in depth, including the historical role and present situation of non-Baltic peoples, particularly Russians. Offered: jointly with SCAND 454.

Class description

This course surveys the history of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and the broader Baltic region, concentrating on the twentieth century. Students will explore uses of personal documents (memoirs, letters, and oral history interviews) in historical research.

Student learning goals

Know a timeline of 20th-century Baltic History, and be able to discuss connections between events

Learn how to do source critical analysis of primary and secondary sources

Analyze the role of individual persons in experiencing and shaping historical events

Research a problem related to 20th-century Baltic history, and write an essay presenting your findings.

General method of instruction

Lecture, discussion, student presentations

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites

Class assignments and grading

A general overview textbook will be studied alongside personal documents; classes will combine lecture format with discussion/source criticism. Grades are assigned 50% on independent research, 50% on knowledge of reading & lecture content.

Annotated bibliography and source analysis 20% Research paper, 12-15 pages 40% Quizzes, class participation 20% Final examination 20%


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.
Additional Information
Last Update by Guntis I. Smidchens
Date: 02/01/2008