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James R Felak
HSTEU 552
Seattle Campus

History of Eastern Europe: 1939 to the Present

Prerequisite: reading knowledge of one major European or one East European language.

Class description

Study of East Central Europe, especially Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and the Balkan countries, during the modern period. Emphasis will be placed on the twentieth century.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Weekly readings and discussion of significant works on East Central European history, especially the more recent ones, covering the modern period (from the 19th century to the present).

Recommended preparation

Prerequisite: reading knowledge of German, French, Russian, or one East European language, and some background in modern European history, or in the region of East Central Europe.

Class assignments and grading

Short review essays based on the readings, (4 to 5 pp), one longer paper (12 to 15 pp) based on a topic of your choice, and competent participation in weekly discussions; Students are also expected to read an article or book review in an East European language or major European language.

Short papers--33% Longer paper--33% Participation--33%


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.
Last Update by James R Felak
Date: 10/15/2008