HST6083: Borders in 20th Century Europe
15 credits (Semester 2019-20: Spring)
Module Leader: Dr Andrew Tompkins
Borders within and surrounding Europe have moved repeatedly throughout history, but rarely so frequently or so violently as during the 20th century. This class examines how processes of bordering and de-bordering since the First World War have shaped European states and peoples. It explores notions of territoriality, the construction and dismantling of borders, migration and forced migration, subversive social practices and ambiguous identities in borderlands, and border security. Case studies covered in class and in further readings focus primarily on East-Central Europe, including the former Austro-Hungarian and Russian empires, German-Polish borderlands, divided Cold War Germany, and the European Union.
This module aims to:
By the end of the unit, students should be able to:
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The module will be taught in five two-hour classes. The first seminar will introduce you to the concepts and historiography of borders (LOs 1, 2). Subsequent seminars will involve individual and group work on case studies from East-Central Europe (LOs 1, 3), with a final session focused on more recent developments and insights from contemporary border studies (LOs 2, 3). You will, in addition, write a book review as formative assessment and have individual tutorial contact with the module leader to discuss your written work for this module (LO4).
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You will prepare a 3,000-word paper on a topic agreed with the tutor. The essay will be expected to include discussion of the key historiographical debates surrounding the topic and the use and critical analysis of appropriate secondary literature and primary sources. You will, in addition, write a book review as formative assessment (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4).
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