Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
Lecture by the instructor (may include excerpts from movies) ; Questions. Course Description : The subject of this course is Eastern Europe between the collapse of empires during WWI and the beginning of the Cold War. Eastern Europe is broadly deﬁned as the lands between Germany and Russia, but we will also look at neighboring regions and other international actors, if relevant. From Estonia to Yugoslavia, we are also going to travel to Kazakhstan and Greece. The course will include the First World War, the political regimes during the 1920's and 1930's, Nazi and Soviet policies, the fate of Jews and other minorities, the Second World War, wartime and postwar mass violence and the Sovietization of Eastern Europe. Special attention will be paid to the agency of great powers, but we will also consider the role of individual actors, smaller groups and communities. Also, though East European historiography has been predominantly national, we will emphasize the transnational side of the story, looking at the legacy of multinational empires, fascism, Marxism, Jews and minorities across state borders. The focus is not so much the (quite heterogeneous) societies of Eastern Europe as such, but rather the logics of violence prevailing in the countries of the region during that period. In short, we will try to explain the high levels of violence resulting in widespread persecutions and massive casualties, as well as the ideological implications of these phenomena. No preliminary knowledge of Eastern Europe is required to take this course. Some general knowledge of WWI, WWII and the Holocaust is preferable, as no detailed study of these events will be provided. Required reading : Timothy Snyder, Bloodlands : Europe between Hitler and Stalin, Vintage, 2011, 524 pages (414 pages without notes and bibliography).
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 20 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Barton GORDON (Avocat), Kent SYLER (Lecturer). Prerequisite : Students will be assigned readings on and should have knowledge of the following subjects : US Representative Bart Gordon ; The history of presidential primaries in America ; The 2016 American presidential race ; Interest Groups and Political Parties in American Politics ; The America Competes Act ; Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) ; Advance Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPAE) ; Executive summary of Rising Above the Gathering Storm. This course will integrate on-going events into the subject matter ; students should keep abreast of current developments in American politics by reading newspapers such as The Washington Post (washingtonpost.com) or The New York Times (nytimes.com). For a more conservative slant, the student may wish to try The Washington Times (washingtontimes.com) or The Weekly Standard (weeklystandard.com). The Web site of virtually any major newspaper (and a great many minor ones) can be found on kidon.com/media-link. Politico.com, regularly read by Washington insiders, is very good for political and election news. C-SPAN is another good source of information, particularly about activities in Congress. The text of proposed and passed legislation, as well as the status of bills in Congress, can be found at Thomas (www.thomas.loc.gov). Other sites which are good for general political information include politics1.com, realclearpolitics.com, and votesmart.org. There are also a number of good political blogs available, such as Talking Points Memo (talkingpointsmemo.com), Daily Kos (dailykos.com), Powerline (powerlineblog.com), and Redstate (redstate.com) ; while many have a distinct bias, they frequently follow up stories downplayed or ignored in the mainstream media. Pedagogical format : Seminar Course validation : 20% attendance and class participation ; 30% research paper ; 50% class project.