GLS 513: Transitions from Communism
An interdisciplinary approach to the problems of transition in four regions: Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia, and China. After an examination of the historical, geographical, and cultural foundations of current issues, the course focuses on the prospects for democracy and civil society.
Are all the former Communist countries headed toward the same destination? Or will the revival of pre-Communist cultural patterns and the uneven impact of capitalist development produce greater diversity? This course takes an inter-disciplinary approach to the problems of transition in four regions: Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia, and China. Participants will examine the historical, geographical, and cultural issues in the four regions. Then the course will turn to questions associated with the emergence of democratic government and civil society, the diffusion of capitalism, and the "global village" effect of new means of communication. In the last part of the course, students will assess the regions' prospects for the future.
Last Update: February 6, 2008