Eastern Europe: Poland and Russia
This course introduces into central selected themes of Russian and Polish politics. It uses historical, political, and sociological methods in order to understand the problems of state-formation, nationalism and nationhood, ideological traditions, as well as regime-types and regime-transitions in these two countries. This course will develop conceptual tools that help understanding numerous family resemblances related to similar patterns of social development and state tradition but also highlight fundamental differences related to traditions of government, leadership, and commitments to different types of democracy.
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This material is intended for current students but will be interesting to prospective students. It is indicative only.