A History of Poland-Lithuania

History 174A

Spring 2014
Instructor: 
Location: 
179 DWINELLE
Day & Time: 
TuTh 2-330P
CCN: 
39677
Units: 
4

This course will focus on the development of identities within the constantly shifting borders of Polish-Lithuanian and Polish states.  Among the topics:  competing definitions—ethnic, confessional, linguistic, political—of Polishness; continuities and discontinuities in Polish history and historiography; Poland between East and West; the development of Polish self-perceptions; Jewish, Lithuanian, and Ukrainian identities in the Polish context; the Polish chapter in the events leading to the end of Communist hegemony in Eastern Europe.  Readings will be drawn from three groups of sources:  a) the textbook for the course Jerzy Łukowski and Hubert Zawadzki’s A Concise History of Poland, plus b) related critical essays and c) primary sources (in English translation) ranging from religion and politics to belles lettres.  The course’s format will combine lectures, films, and discussion.