HSTEU 451 A: East-Central Europe Since 1342

Autumn 2024
Meeting:
TTh 2:30pm - 4:20pm / SMI 405
SLN:
16601
Section Type:
Lecture
Instructor:
WRITING CREDIT OPTIONAL
Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

SYLLABUS
HSTEU 451
EAST CENTRAL EUROPE TO 1918

Professor Felak
Smith Hall, Room 112-B
e-mail: felak@uw.edu
Office Hours: Tuesdays  1:00 to 2:00 or by appointment (arrange via e-mail)

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The history of the peoples of East Central Europe (Poles, Czechs, Hungarians, with some attention to the Slovaks and Carpatho-Rusyns) from the Late Middle Ages until the First World War.  Through lectures and readings, we will follow these peoples through the centuries as they experience the upheavals that shook the eastern half of Europe from the collapse of the Middle Ages, the construction of the Habsburg, Ottoman, Russian, and German Empires, the emergence of modern nationalism, and the fundamental reorganization of the region due to World War One.  No background is necessary, though some familiarity with European history is helpful.

 

COURSE TOPICS:

I-East Central Europe under the Medieval Piast, Arpad, and Premysl Dynasties

II-East Central Europe under the New Dynasties of the Fourteenth Century

III-Bohemia and Hungary before the Habsburgs

IV-Bohemia and Hungary under the Habsburgs, 1526 to 1740

V-The Rise and Decline of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

VI-The Partitions of Poland

VII-The Reformist Rule of Maria Theresa and Joseph II, 1740 to 1790

VIII--The Age of Metternich

IX-The Revolutions of 1848 and Their Aftermath

X-The Austro-Hungarian Empire, 1867 to 1914

XI--The Lands of Partitioned Poland to 1914

XII-World War One and Its Aftermath

 

TEXT:

Lonnie Johnson, Central Europe: Enemies, Neighbors, Friends

(available on-line through UW Libraries)

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

1-two in-class essay examinations--one on Thursday, October 31 and one on Tuesday, November 26 (30% each)

2-take-home final exam handed out on the last day of class (30%)

3-participation in in-class discussions (10%)

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

Thursday, October 31--first examination

Tuesday, November 26—second examination

Thursday, December 5—take-home final handed out

In-class discussions—October 3, October 24, and November 7

 

NOTE:

I am interested in your development in this class. Feel free to consult with me if you have any questions or problems.  I can be reached in class, via e-mail, or at office hours.

[This is a preliminary syllabus subject to possible modification]

 

Catalog Description:
Explores the history of the lands and peoples of East Central Europe (Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, and Hungarians).
GE Requirements Met:
Social Sciences (SSc)
Credits:
5.0
Status:
Active
Last updated:
May 15, 2024 - 3:25 pm