HIST 312 Foundations of East European History *3 (3-0-0)
Instructor: Volodymyr Kravchenko
MWF 1100 - 1150
Discover East European and Eurasian empires and peoples. Russians, Poles, Ukrainians, Tatars, Germans, Jews figure prominently in the history of Eastern Europe. This course will help you grasp what they share in common, while offering a key to their discrete national histories.
Identify the historical region. Eastern Europe turned from time to time into “Western Eurasia”. It’s a borderland, with ever elusive boundaries, changing landscapes, hybrid cultures, and overlapped identities. It is a “land-in-between,” located between the “East” and the “West.”
Understand why the past is not an outdated antiquity in Eastern Europe. It is a living system of values, norms, and even institutions. It is also a history-in-the-making. The study of Eastern European will catapult you directly into the current politics of identity.
In general, Eastern Europe is a testing ground for many theories like of modernization, multiculturalism, cross-cultural communication, nationalism etc. It’s an exciting enterprise for those who are trying to understand how history really works.