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HSTEU 454 A: Baltic History

Meeting Time: 
MW 2:30pm - 4:20pm
MEB 242
Joint Sections: 
SCAND 590 A, SCAND 454 A
Guntis Smidchens

Syllabus Description:

This course surveys twentieth century history of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and the broader Baltic region. We will pay particular attention to the experiences of individuals in historical context:  How did they respond to historical events as they unfolded, how did they affect the course of history?  Students will explore and critique a variety of primary and secondary sources used in historical research about the Baltic countries.


  • Four short essays exploring the role of individuals in Baltic history 50%
  • Class participation 25%
  • Quizzes and Final exam 25%

Required Books   

  • Andres Kasekamp, A History of the Baltic States (New York, 2010)
  • Modris Eksteins, Walking since Daybreak (Boston, 1999)
  • and other primary & secondary sources, available on this Canvas website
  • Reference: Historical Dictionary of Estonia (e-book at UW Library)
  • Reference: Historical Dictionary of Lithuania (e-book at UW Library)
  • Reference: Historical Dictionary of Latvia (e-book at UW Library)

Detailed course syllabus (pdf format) will soon be available on this website.

For information about the course, contact the instructor,

Catalog Description: 
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.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
October 25, 2018 - 9:14pm