A Disintegrated Integration: The Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (1848-1918)
Looking back from the 21st century the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy can be interpreted like an early form of the European Union (common economic system and politics, etc.) This four-credit course will focus on the major structural elements, the social and economic contradictions of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, and the exceptional multinational and multicultural integration that existed between Germans and Russians. The course will examine primarily the problems of modernization in the area.
Requirements: Each student has to give a presentation. The detailed outline of the presentation has to be delivered to the other students before the presentation. Each student will be required to prepare a shorter midterm paper. The midterm paper will be written in the classroom. (I give three or four possible subjects and the students will choose one of them.) The final paper may take a practical problem of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. The subjects – after a consultation – will be choosen by the students. The final paper has to be written on the base of student’s research. The quantity of final paper has to be between 10 and 15 typed pages. The deadline is the twelfth week of the lecture course.