The lecture serves as an introduction into the history of East Central Europe from the formation of national civil societies in the early 19th century up to the European integration in the early 21st century. Important moments are its role within the frameworks of 19th century empires (Habsburg monarchy, Russian Empire, Prussian Monarchy/German Empire), the development towards national states in the interwar period (1918-1939), the struggle against National Socialist occupation (1939-1945) and Soviet dominance (1945-1989), and the emancipation of national states (since 1989) and their acceptance as members of the European Union (since 2004). Although political and social history are the main focus, aspects of economic and cultural history are also considered.
General learning objectives
The student can:
1) organise and use relatively large amounts of information
2) reflect critically on knowledge and understanding as presented in academic literature
Learning objectives, pertaining to the specialisation
- 3) The student has knowledge of a specialisation, more specifically in the specialisation General History of the place of European history from 1500 in a worldwide perspective; with a focus on the development and role of political institutions.
Learning objectives, pertaining to this specific lecture course
- 4) The student receives information on the history of East Central Europe from the formation of national civil societies in the early 19th century up to the European integration in the early 21st century.
The timetable is available on the BA Geschiedenis website
Mode of instruction
Total course load 5EC x 28 hours = 140 hours
Lectures: 12x2 hours = 24 hours
Preparation for lectures: 12 x 2hours = 24 hours
Preparation exam (including reading of compulsory literature): 88 hours
Exam(s): 2 x 2 hours = 4 hours
The course will be assessed through two subtests, covering all course objectives:
Midterm examination (written examination with short open questions and with essay questions)
Final examination (written examination with short open questions and with essay questions)
Midterm examination: 50 %
Final examination: 50 %
The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average.
The resit exam will take place in one single resit, at which both subtests are offered. For this resit three hours will be reserved, so that students will be able to retake both subtests, if necessary.
Rules regarding the admission to resits can be found in Article 4.1 of the BA Course and Examination Regulations
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest.
Blackboard will be used for:
Questions about the lectures and reading materials
Piotr Wandycz, The Price of Freedom. A History of East Central Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present. London/New York 2001 (2nd Edition), 135-235
R. J. Crampton, Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century – and after. London/New York 1997 (2nd Edition), 179-458
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