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Fall 2017
Sep 16, 2019
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HIST 371 - (In)tolerance in East Europe
The seminar course will examine the history of religious and ethnic coexistence in Eastern Europe, with a particular focus on the region known as the Pale of Settlement. Established in 1804 as the only legal residence for the Russian Empire’s Jews (80% of the world’s Jewish population), the Pale was also home to Orthodox, Catholics, Protestants and Muslims. In World War II, the Pale would become the epicenter of the Holocaust, and the Nazis found no shortage of willing collaborators in their efforts to exterminate the Jewish population. Disputes about the culpability of Poles, Ukrainians, Lithuanians and Russians in anti-Semitic violence and ethnic cleansing continue to arouse controversy, and many people associate the region with violent nationalism and intolerance. For hundreds of years, though, inter-religious interaction was largely peaceful, and neighbors crossed confessional and ethnic boundaries on a regular basis. Drawing from memoirs, novels, and studies concerning both peaceful and violent encounters, this course will seek to discover the conditions that promote multicultural diversity and tolerance, while exploring the social, ideological and historical underpinnings of the interethnic and inter-religious violence of the twentieth century.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

History Department

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