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52022-01 - Practical course: Nationalism and Socialism in Twentieth-Century Ukraine 3 CP

Semester fall semester 2018
Course frequency Once only
Lecturers Trevor Erlacher (trevor.erlacher@unibas.ch, Assessor)
Content This course will examine the political, cultural, and intellectual history of the diverse regions constituting Ukraine today, from the late nineteenth century to 1991. Instead of following a traditional ethnonational history that revolves around the Ukrainian people and their struggle for statehood, the course analyzes Ukraine’s history as a nexus of the interactions, conflicts, assimilations, and mixtures of many states, creeds, parties, and ethnicities. This includes Russians, Jews, Poles, Crimean Tatars, and Germans, as well as Ukrainians (not to mention Lemkos and Rusyns)—populations that endured massive, traumatic changes through the wars, revolutions, famines, genocides, tyrannies, and forced migrations of the twentieth century.

Thus, special attention will be paid to Ukraine’s historical situation as a colonized borderland on the peripheries of various dynastic and totalitarian empires. Complicating the reductive “geopolitical” interpretation of Ukraine as a “cleft” country on the frontier between Russia and Europe—a Russophone “east” against a Ukrainophone “west”—this course emphasizes Ukraine’s ever-shifting external and internal borders, the mutable identities and values of its people, and its complex entanglements with the surrounding region and the world.

We will consider problems of modernization, mobilization, and “indigenization” in a largely agrarian country; ethnic and class divides between and within Ukraine’s cities and villages; regional variations among east, west, north and south; nation- and empire-building and -unmaking; revolutionary and counterrevolutionary ideologies and projects (socialism, nationalism, conservatism, liberalism, anarchism, communism, fascism, etc.); collective traumas and memories; and representative examples of Ukrainian literature, music, and film.
Learning objectives By the end of the course students should be able to describe and offer well-informed views on the following topics:
• The growth, evolution, and factions of the Ukrainian national movement since the late nineteenth century under imperial Russia, Austria-Hungary, the short-lived Ukrainian states of 1917-1920, interwar Poland, Nazi occupation, and the Soviet Union.
• Processes of modernization, identity formation, radicalization and militarization in the Ukrainian lands during World Wars I and II, and the “Russian” Civil War
• Soviet experiments with nationality and socialism in Ukraine, including Ukrainization and Russification, cultural renaissance and repression, the Holodomor, dissidence and folk revival, and the Chornobyl disaster
• Accommodations and conflicts between Ukrainians, Russians, Jews, Poles, and Germans in twentieth-century Ukraine

 

Admission requirements Studierende der Geschichte aller Studienstufen sowie Studierende anderers Studienfächer, in deren Module die Übung verknüpft ist. Bei Überbelegung wird die Teilnehmerzahl beschränkt. In diesem Fall werden Studierende der Geschichte bevorzugt zugelassen.
Language of instruction English
Use of digital media No specific media used

 

Interval weekly
Date 17.09.2018 – 17.12.2018
Time Monday, 14.15-16.00 Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 2
Date Time Room
Monday 17.09.2018 14.15-16.00 Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 2
Monday 24.09.2018 14.15-16.00 Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 2
Monday 01.10.2018 14.15-16.00 Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 2
Monday 08.10.2018 14.15-16.00 Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 2
Monday 15.10.2018 14.15-16.00 Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 2
Monday 22.10.2018 14.15-16.00 Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 2
Monday 29.10.2018 14.15-16.00 Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 2
Monday 05.11.2018 14.15-16.00 Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 2
Monday 12.11.2018 14.15-16.00 Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 2
Monday 19.11.2018 14.15-16.00 Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 2
Monday 26.11.2018 14.15-16.00 Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 2
Monday 03.12.2018 14.15-16.00 Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 2
Monday 10.12.2018 14.15-16.00 Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 2
Monday 17.12.2018 14.15-16.00 Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 2
Modules Electives Bachelor History: Recommendations (Bachelor's degree subject History)
Modul Areas: Osteuropa (Master's degree program European History (Start of studies before 01.08.2018))
Modul Europäisierung und Globalisierung (Master's Studies: European Global Studies)
Modul Geschichte Ostmitteleuropas (Master's degree subject East European History)
Modul Geschichte Russlands und der Sowjetunion (Master's degree subject East European History)
Modul Profil: Moderne (Master's degree program European History (Start of studies before 01.08.2018))
Modul Profil: Osteuropäische Geschichte (Master's degree program European History (Start of studies before 01.08.2018))
Modul: Areas: Osteuropa (Master's degree program European History in Global Perspective)
Wahlbereich Master Geschichte: Empfehlungen (Master's degree subject History)
Assessment format continuous assessment
Assessment details Aktive Teilnahme.
Assessment registration/deregistration Reg.: course registration; dereg.: not required
Repeat examination no repeat examination
Scale Pass / Fail
Repeated registration no repetition
Responsible faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Offered by Departement Geschichte

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