Democracy, Nationalism and Integration in Central and South East Europe

Modular value: 20 credits
Duration: Term 2
Teaching: Two-hour seminar - weekly.

Lecturer: Tim Haughton

This module introduces graduate students to the politics of state transformation, identity and ‘returning to Europe’ in post-communist Central and South-Eastern Europe.

It begins with comparative analysis and interpretation of the 1989 revolutions, followed by thematic sessions on ‘democratic transition’; economic transformation; re-integration into pan-European institutions; and questions of identity and statehood. Thereafter, students follow case studies of specific countries (Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and their successors; Hungary, Poland, Romania, the Baltic Republics, according to student interest) and comparative analysis of key issues (building new states, the politics of citizenship, minorities and regionalism).

The module concludes with analysis of the impact of EU enlargement on domestic political transformation and inter-state relations in the region.

By the end of the module students should be able to

  • Show deep knowledge of post-communist developments in at least three Central and East European (CEE) states
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the connections between internal and external change in CEE as a whole;
  • Draw conceptual generalizations from comparative analysis of CEE states.


  • One 5,000-word essay (100%)