Political History of Central and Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century

Centre for Russian and East European Studies, School of Government and Society

College of Social Sciences


Code 15126

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 10

Semester 1

Pre-requisite modules Where students take this course as a 10 credit unit they will be expected to undertake self directed study of the material not covered from the readin

Module description

This module begins with a lecture on the pre-C20th history of the region (the experience of empire and the rise of nationalism), then proceeds to comparative studies of the new states of CEE in the inter-war period, followed by one session on World War II. The remainder of the semester focuses on the subordination of the region to Soviet domination, and compares the diverse national responses to communist rule 1945-1989. The main countries covered are: Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, Romania and Yugoslavia may be included according to student demand. The main themes are: national identity versus external domination; the linkage between internal (national) and external (international) dimensions of politics in CEE; the relationship between economic backwardness, ethnic conflict, weak statehood and the problems of building democracy in CEE.

Teaching and learning methods

Please note this module is not available in 2011-12.

These courses are taught by a combination of lectures, classes and directed reading.

This module is available as:
Autumn term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Spring term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Whole Year 20 credit unit – 2 x 2000 summative essay (50%)