Die Geschichte der ethnischen Minderheiten in Osteuropa: Überleben und Identität

This course will examine the political and social history of ethnic minorities in Eastern Europe from the late nineteenth century until today. The focus of this course will be on social, political and cultural changes, such as the rise of nationalism and state and empire building before 1914; ethnic clearing during WWI; minority protection treaty of 1919; “affirmative action” in the Soviet Union; irredentism, state-building and the oppression of ethnic minorities in the interwar period; genocide and expulsion o during and after WWII; the assimilationist policies of the Stalinist states; the fate of the ethnic minorities, wars and coexistence after 1990. Beside political history, we will discuss social and cultural developments, such as industrialization and urbanization and their impact on the lives of ethnic minorities; discrimination on the labor market and in the cultural and political arenas; forced assimilation; gender and ethnicity; the development of ethnic institutions from schools to newspapers, theaters and films and their role in identify formation. The course will pay special attention to international relations, particularly the role international institutions, such as the League of Nations, the United Nations and the European Union to protection of minority rights. The main goal of this course is to provide students with the historical understanding of the nature of nationalism and ethnic conflicts in the twentieth century and with the background information and skills necessary to develop a nuanced view of minority issue in the region today.

This is a completely bilingual course. Students have the option to participate in the discussion, do their presentations, and write their exam either in German or English. The knowledge of East European languages and the ability to use of primary and secondary sources in these languages are welcome and desired; however, they are not part of the course requirement.

Hauptseminar

Dienstags, 10 Uhr c.t. - 12 Uhr

Erste Sitzung:
18.10.2022

Letzte Sitzung:
31.01.2023

Adenauerallee 4-6, 53113 Bonn
Raum 3.010

Literatur

  • Bade, Klaus J.: Neue Heimat Im Westen: Vertriebene, Flüchtlinge, Aussiedler. Münster 1990.
  • Beer, Mathias: Migration Nach Ost- Und Südosteuropa Vom 18. Bis Zum Beginn Des 19. Jahrhunderts: Ursachen - Formen - Verlauf - Ergebnis. Stuttgart 1999.
  • Cvetkovski, Roland: An Empire of Others: Creating Ethnographic Knowledge in Imperial Russia and the USSR. Budapest 2014.
  • Dohrn, Verena: Transit Und Transformation: Osteuropäisch-jüdische Migranten in Berlin 1918 - 1939. Göttingen 2010.
  • Freitag, Gabriele: Nächstes Jahr in Moskau: Die Zuwanderung Von Juden in Die Sowjetische Metropole 1917-1932 ; Mit 18 Tabellen. Göttingen 2004.
  • Heuberger, Valeria: Brennpunkt Osteuropa: Minderheiten Im Kreuzfeuer Des Nationalismus. Wien 1996.
  • Heuberger, Valeria (Hrsg.): Nationen, Nationalitäten, Minderheiten: Probleme Des Nationalismus in Jugoslawien, Ungarn, Rumänien, Der Tschechoslowakei, Bulgarien, Polen, Der Ukraine, Italien Und Österreich 1945 - 1990. Wien 1994.
  • Kappeler, Andreas: Die Muslime in Der Sowjetunion Und in Jugoslawien: Identität - Politik - Widerstand. Köln 1989.
  • Schulz-Vobach, Klaus-Dieter: Die Deutschen Im Osten: Vom Balkan Bis Sibirien. Hamburg 1989.

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