EURO 494, Spring 2009
Senior Seminar

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Instructor: Arista Cirtautas

Office: Thomson 35D
Office Hours: T/Th 3;30-5pm
Telephone: Office phone

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The power point for Monday May 25 has been posted as "LostPopulations" providing additional context for Gross' Neighbours.

The power point for Monday, May 18 has been posted as "Roma".  A power point to continue the discussion of eastern Europe's lost populations and to provide additional context for Jan Gross' Neighbours will follow either later today, Sunday, May 24, or tomorrow.

***  NEW Announcement ***  No response paper will be required for our final text, Havel's memoir.  But please do come prepared to discuss this text on our last day of class, June 3.    

Readings on the Revolutions of 1989 are linked to this site.  Jonathan Osmond, "Yet another failed German Revolution? The German Democratic Republic 1989-90," in Moira Donald and Tim Rees, eds., Reinterpreting Revolution in Twentieth Century Europe , 2001; Wiktor Osiatynski, "The Roundtable Negotiations in Poland," in Jon Elster, ed., The Roundtable Talks and the Breakdown of Communism , 1996; Katherine Verdery and Gail Kligman, on the Romanian Revolution; Krishan Kumar, 1989 Revolutionary Ideas and Ideals, chapter 4. 

Lecture notes from Monday, April 20 linked to this site as "Post-Stalin Normalization" as are Lecture notes from Monday, April 27 linked as "PolishResistanceinContext" (updated version posted on May 2 at 1:50pm).


Please note that the syllabus is linked to this site as "Euro 494"

Lecture notes from Monday, March 30 are also linked to the site as "HistoryandMemory" Lecture notes from Wednesday, April 1 are linked as "TheCaptiveMind".  Lecture notes from Monday, April 13 are linked as "Revenge of the Repressed" (updated version posted on Sunday, April 19, at 2:35pm).   

Questions to guide your reading of Milosz and a background profile are also linked.

As stated in class, course requirements for undergraduates:  attend Monday lectures; read the book assigned for Wednesday and come prepared to discuss the text; write a weekly position paper and a final research paper.  The first position paper due Monday, April 6 will be graded credit/no credit.  After that specific guidelines will be posted and subsequent papers will be graded normally.  Suggested research paper topics will also be available but you are strongly encouraged to develop your own topic and approach.  The suggested readings included on the syllabus, while not required for you, should be a useful point of departure for your research.

Course requirements for graduate students:  attend Monday lectures and prepare by familiarizing yourself with some of the suggested readings; read the book assigned for Wednesday and come prepared to discuss the text; write a weekly position paper and a final research paper -- keeping in mind that you will be evaluated at the graduate level.  So, greater depth and broader coverage are expected which might entail writing at the upper range of the suggested page numbers. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS for Wednesday, April 1:

-- the Gross Chapter discussed in class is now linked to this website

-- additional electronic reserves are posted via the library's site. Try access via and search via instructor name.

-- I have ordered additional copies of Captive Mind from the bookstore.  In the meantime, I can lend out my copy in addition to the one that is on reserve at the East Asia Library

PLEASE NOTE:  Lecture notes from Wednesday, April 1 are linked to the site as "TheCaptiveMind".

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