PSC/IR 257 Poland in the New Europe

Political Science Field: Associated Courses
International Relations Track: Governance of Nations (C)
This course is archived. It will not be offered again.


Spring 2005

Course Syllabus

This course will provide an introduction to Poland's modern history: from the downfall of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth at the end of the 18th century, to the re-emergence of an independent Poland following World War I, to Poland's tragic experience during World War II, to the establishment of Communist rule, and finishing with the collapse of the Communist system in 1989 and the rise of an independent, democratic state. Poland's history will be placed in the context of broader regional developments, and comparisons with neighboring countries will be made where possible. Although special emphasis is placed on 20th century history, careful attention will be paid to key events and developments of the previous century. This course focuses primarily on political and social history, highlighting significant cultural phenomena and developments where appropriate.