The Many Faces of Communism: Eastern Europe Behind the Iron Curtain

Titel: The Many Faces of Communism: Eastern Europe Behind the Iron Curtain
Dozent(in): Dr. Irina Marin
Termin: Donnerstag: 14:00 - 15:30, wöchentlich (ab 26.10.2017)
Gebäude/Raum: D, 2130
Anmeldung: Anmeldung über Digicampus


The end of World War Two brought in a period of recovery and reconstruction for the whole of Europe but it also split the continent into two political blocks. Communism extended from the Soviet Union and engulfed Eastern European states irrespective of their wartime involvement or whether they had strong Communist parties before the war. For the next fifty years these countries evolved differently from the rest of Europe under one-party rule and all-pervasive Communist ideology. The present course offers an introduction to the region, exploring the process of Communist takeover of power, the different types of Communist regimes, their relationship to Moscow, to each other and the wider world, the challenges of retaining power in the face of economic and social crisis and the eventual collapse of Communism. The emphasis will be on the multiplicity of forms Communism took in the region depending on historical precedent, social and political cleavages and individual political actors. The course has a strong comparative component. It will cover not only high politics but also social, economic and cultural history. Highlights of the course include propaganda, repression, secret police, as well as underground movements, everyday life and survival strategies.

Literatur zur Lehrveranstaltung:

Richard Crampton, Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century - And After, Routledge, London, 1997.
Joseph Rothschild and Nancy M. Wingfield, Return to Diversity. A Political History of East Central Europe since World War Two, OUP, Oxford, 2000.
George Schöpflin, Politics in Eastern Europe 1945-1992, Blackwell, Oxford, 1993.
Tony Judt, Postwar: A History of Europe since 1945, Penguin Press, London, 2005.

weitere Informationen zu der Lehrveranstaltung:

empfohlenes Studiensemester der Lehrveranstaltung: für alle Semester
Fachrichtung Lehrveranstaltung: Geschichte
Dauer der Lehrveranstaltung: 2 SWS
Typ der Lehrveranstaltung: PS - Proseminar
Semester: WS 2017/18