HIS 319: Eastern Europe, 1918-1989: Revolutions in Historical Perspective

Instructor: Dr. McEwen

This course will examine the historical trends and events that have shaped contemporary Eastern Europe. It will begin with the revolutions following the collapse of the "eastern empires" at the end of the First World War, but concentrate on developments in the region since the end of the Second World War. The focus will be on Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Rumania, and Yugoslavia. The major issues to be explored include the impact of great power rivalries in the region; ethnic and nationalist conflicts within and among the political communities of the area; communist rule under Soviet domination; the "Gorbachev revolutions" and the emergence of a new Eastern Europe since 1990.