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The end of the Cold War and of Eastern European communism in 1989-1991 did not mean the loss of global interest in developments in the former communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe. On the contrary, the recent history of these countries, the period of their post-communist transition to political democracy and a market economy, has been marked with new instabilities, crises and wars which have had serious implications for global trends. This course is designed to provide a broad background to an understanding of the political, socio-economic, and cultural developments in the former communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe as an essential prerequisite to understanding the modern world.
The end of the Cold War and of Eastern European communism in 1989-1991 did not mean the loss of Eastern Europe’s global importance. On the contrary, the recent history of countries in Central and Eastern Europe which had fallen under Soviet domination and communist rule after the Second World War has been marked with new instabilities, crises and wars, which have had serious implications for global trends as well. This course is designed to provide a broad background to an understanding of the political, socio-economic, and cultural developments in the countries of former communist Eastern Europe as an essential prerequisite to understanding the modern world. In addition to the primary focus on the internal evolution of Eastern European states from the end of the Second World War to the early 1990s, significant attention will be paid to the most important events and themes of the pre-war history of this part of the world.
This course will enable students to become familiar with and demonstrate specialised knowledge in the major issues of the history of communism in East-Central and Eastern Europe. This knowledge will further develop their ability to better understand the political and socio-economic conditions that have determined global developments after the collapse of European communism as well as critically evaluate and assess other key issues and topics within modern world history as an academic discipline. In particular, through their work in this course, students are expected to be able to:- understand and describe the geopolitical conditions in which the countries of East-Central and Eastern Europe fell under Soviet domination and communist rule after the Second World War- demonstrate a critical understanding of the nature and main characteristics of communist rule in the countries of East-Central and Eastern Europe during the period 1945-1989/91- critically analyse the main socio-economic and political causes and major consequences of the collapse of communist rule in East-Central and Eastern Europe during the period 1989-1991- engage with theoretical debates in the field via written work- design and carry out an original independent investigation and critically analyse and present the results of their original investigation in writing and orally in student-led seminars
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Any 15 points of EURA or EURO at 200-level OR any 45 points with B average at 200-level in Arts, Commerce, Law OR any 45 points with B average at 200-level with approval of the Course Coordinator.
EURA226, EURO 226, EURO 326, HIST269, HIST329
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Crampton, R. J;
Eastern Europe in the twentieth century;
Bideleux, Robert. , Jeffries, Ian;
A history of Eastern Europe : crisis and change;
Additional and optional readings are listed in the Course Outline (available for enrolled students on LEARN).
The full Course Outline is available on LEARN (only for students enrolled in this course).
Domestic fee $1,523.00
International fee $6,375.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences.