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5AAH2010 Faith, Nation & Empire in Modern East-Central Europe

Credit value: 30
Module convenor/tutorDr Olesya Khromeychuk 
Teaching pattern: 20 x 2-hour seminars (weekly)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 1 x 3 hour examination (60%), 2 x 2,000 word essays (15% each) & 1 x oral presentation (10%)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment by the following methods: 1 x 3 hour examination (60%); 2 x 2,000 word essays (15% each); 1 x 1500 word essay (10%).

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

This module will be examining three broad ways in which East-Central Europe has been organised and re-organised over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  The first and most familiar of these organising principles is the nation-state.  We will be exploring why this model has had such a powerful appeal, as well as the problems that have arisen from attempts to create neatly delineated nation-states out of the region’s linguistic ‘crazy quilt’.  A second model that we will consider is that of supranational or imperial systems.  Included here are not only pre-national dynastic states such as the Habsburg Monarchy but also a wide range of more self-consciously forwarding-looking attempts to transcend national fragmentation:  the hierarchical racial order of the Nazi era; the one-party states of the Soviet bloc; and, most recently, the market integration of the European Union.  Finally, we will be looking at the role that religious communities have played in the life of East-Central Europe, at the level of both subnational regional bonds and transnational ‘civilizational’ systems.

Provisional teaching plan

Semester 1

1. What is East-Central Europe?
2. Between the Holy Alliance and National Messianism
3. Nation Building
4. The Revolutions of 1848
5. Jewish Emancipation and Anti-Semitism
6.Struggles for Civilization--Religion and Society in the Late Nineteenth Century
7. Backwardness, Boomtowns and the Avant-Garde
8. Changing Visions of the Polish Lands
9. Resilient Monarchy and Uncertain Nations
10. Forgotten War? WWI in East-Central Europe

Semester 2

11. The Postwar Settlement--Between Western Diktat and Self-Determination
12. Kings, Generals and Priests--Interwar Authoritarianism
13. Resistance and Collaboration in the Second World War
14. Consolidating Nations and Building Socialism
15. Varieties and Limits of National Communism
16. Dissent
17. Solidarity and the Catholic Church in Poland
18. The 'Refolutions' of 1989
19. Yugoslavia's Violent Demise
20. Post-Communist Politics and the 'Return to Europe'

Suggested introductory and general reading

This is suggested reading and purchase of these books is not mandatory.

These are not required for purchase, though Judson's Habsburg Empire will be referenced frequently and is suggested for purchase.

Pieter Judson, The Habsburg Empire: A New History, Cambridge, MA:  Harvard University Press, 2016

Robert A. Kann, A History of the Habsburg Empire, 1526-1918, Berkeley:  University of California Press, 1974

Robin Okey, The Habsburg Monarchy, c. 1765-1918: From Enlightenment to Eclipse, Basingstoke: MacMillan, 2001

Jerzy Lukomski and Herbert Zawadzki, A Concise History of Poland, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

R.J. Crampton, Atlas of Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century, London:  Routledge, 1996

------, Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century and After, London:  Routledge, 1997

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