The Life and Death of Multinational Empires in Central and Eastern Europe, 1848-1948 (HIH2230A)

30 credits

This module explores the history of two multinational empires, the Habsburg Monarchy and Romanov Empire in Russia, as well as their successor states in Central and Eastern Europe during the second half of the 19th and first half of the 20th Century, examining the rise of nationalism, the experiences of ethnic and national minorities, and the breakups of the Tsarist and Habsburg empires in the aftermath of the First World War. The course will then assess the less often told history of the successor states in the interwar years as well as the nationalities and racial policies of two new totalitarian empires, Nazi Germany and Soviet Union, and concludes by examining the violent end of multi-ethnicity in Central and Eastern Europe during and in the aftermath of the Second World War.