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Laboratory of Modernity: History of Ukraine, 1861-Present
HIST 200
Fall 2022
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: REES 200

How can we make sense of the largest war in Europe since 1945? To understand Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, we must turn to the past. This course covers major stages in the development of modern Ukraine, such as the competing imperial and national claims in the late 19th century and the major transformations brought on by WWI, liberal and socialist experiments, Nazi and Soviet occupations, WWII, and decades of Soviet rule. We will end with the post-Soviet independence, which has seen multiple popular revolutions, from the Orange Revolution to the Maidan. We will learn about Ukraine as a nation forged by multiple empires, languages, religions, and cultures. We will explore what developments Ukraine shared with broader European trends, and what made it distinct, seeing how it became the dynamic country it is today. Emphasis will be placed on how individuals experienced and participated in historical events, and some weeks will highlight a particular urban environment.

The course will consist of introductory lectures and discussion of the readings. The course uses primary sources and scholarly analysis. No prior knowledge of Ukraine or history is required. Assignments: four response papers (3-4 pg.), one oral presentation of a historical figure (5 min.), final exam (in-class essay).
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)(HIST)(REES-MN)(REES-Social Sci)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on JUN-13-2024
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