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INTR 221 Nationalism v. Liberalism

  • Fall 2021
    Piotr Klodkowski
    Fall 2021 — MW 10:25 - 11:40
    Course Syllabus

    The idea of Central Europe, which originally had a strong German affiliation, is historically linked with the legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. On a 21st-century map, Central Europe is made up of Austria, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, southeastern Poland, and western Ukraine. After WW II most of Central Europe became a strategic part of the external Soviet empire, and all Central European countries experienced political oppression, economic underdevelopment, and social stagnation. Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary contributed to the final collapse of communist ideology in 1989-90 and collectively embarked on the path leading to full integration with the European Union. In this course, we examine the place of Central Europe in the EU, with a focus on immigration, ethnic minorities, democratic governance, and the role of religion in the state. Nationalism, authoritarianism, and illiberal democracy have become significant elements of the political message provided by mainstream parties, though many Central European politicians claim that the region is going through a "strategic awakening" with initiatives such as the Central European Initiative or the Visegrad Four Group.