East European History

Table of Contents


History 0200

Historical Timelines

History 1270

Useful Links


Related Sites

News Sources

Library Resources

Professor: Irina Livezeanu
Semester: Fall 1998
Phone 648-7466, -7451
Class: 249 Cathedral of Learning
E-mail: irinal+@pitt.edu
Office: Forbes Quad 3M24
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 2-3:00 p.m, and by appointment
Class: T, Th 4-5:15 CL 249
Web Address: www.ucis.pitt.edu/eehistory/History200syllabus.html


History 0200:


This course is an introduction to the history and culture of Eastern Europe. It is structured around lectures, discussions, readings, and videos that bear on Eastern European society, history, and culture. Unlike most history courses, which begin at some point in the past and move forward in time, this one will start with the more familiar present and move back toward more and more distant and less familiar pasts.



1. To familiarize students with the broad outline and structure of Eastern Europe's modern and contemporary history and culture, and with their historical roots.

2. To acquaint students with a sample of historically relevant Eastern European literature, film, and primary sources.



    • Philip Longworth, The Making of Eastern Europe, Second Edition
    • Gale Stokes, From Stalinism to Pluralism, Second Edition
    • Copycat Packet
    • There may be additional handouts, web readings, and reserve readings


Procedures and Expectations:

1. The full syllabus for this course is available on the web. Please consult the course web site at the address listed above. For each topic you need to look at the web site, find the reading assignments and maps, and prepare for class by doing the reading and for discussion by answering the discussion questions for yourself. Most of the readings in the Copycat Coursepack will also be available on the web site. (Note: none of the readings from the Stokes or Longworth books will be available over the internet.) You may wish to print these readings for free by using your student account in one of the many computer labs on campus, and/or you may purchase the coursepack at Copycat in 2-3 weeks.

2. As an integral part of this course you will have to view a number of films and be able to discuss them orally and in written form in historical context. Films are required, not optional. Some films will be screened during class time, but for others there will be optional screenings scheduled on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. in room 3P56 in Forbes Quad. If you cannot attend these screenings, you will have the option of viewing them in Hillman, or renting them on your own, if available, to watch at home.

3. Your task for each topic of the course will be to take good lecture notes; read the assigned pages, primary documents, and literature; view the films (on video) paying close attention and taking notes; and to participate in class discussion. For some units there will be a short essay assignment. I will not accept late work, unless you make a special arrangement with me before the due date, or unless some critical emergency has occurred for which you have proper documentation.

4. You are expected to participate fully in every aspect of the course, including films and discussions. Attendance is mandatory and does affect your performance and grade. Honest effort, class participation, and courtesy are expected and will affect your grade.

  • Class contacts -- Please exchange phone numbers and e-mail addresses with 2 - 3 classmates. Check with them and get assignments and notes if you are forced to miss class. You are responsible for all material covered in class, even if you are not present.





5. Good grammar, spelling, and style are important. I am assuming that you have mastered English grammar and the rules of composition. The Writing Center (web address: http://www.pitt.edu/~englweb/writecent.html) is a University resource that you must use if you need assistance with writing skills. Most of us do. The Writing Center is located at 501 Cathedral of Learning, phone 624-6556. Poor writing will affect your grade. Any assignment that is marred by too many spelling and grammar mistakes will be returned to you ungraded. I will accept it at the next class meeting, if you have fixed the language problems.

6. Grades will be calculated on the basis of attendance, exams, short assignments, quizzes, and discussions approximately as follows:

short papers 40%
midterm 30%
final exercise 15%
quizzes and discussion 10%
The exams and quizzes may contain map questions. Please study map hand-outs, maps on the web, and those in the textbook.

Policy on Plagiarism:

Presenting somebody else's words or ideas as your own constitutes plagiarism and it is against university rules. If you use someone else's ideas or exact words you must acknowledge your source. When copying copy accurately and use quotation marks and footnotes. But you must also document and footnote paraphrased material or just an idea you got from someone else. (Consult Kate Turabian or Strunk and White for the specifics of proper citation.) Plagiarism rules also apply to internet material. Please cite and footnote internet web sites if you use them. You should be aware that it is generally very easy for professors to detect plagiarized material in student papers. Plagiarism in writing assignments will automatically result in a 0 grade and possible further action. Please consult the University of Pittsburgh's Student Handbook for the policy on plagiarism.



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