A History of Eastern Europe : The Great Courses: Modern History

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, PhD
  • Series: The Great Courses: Modern History
  • 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Eastern Europe has long been thought of as the "Other Europe", a region rife with political upheaval, shifting national borders, an astonishing variety of ethnic diversity, and relative isolation from the centers of power in the West. It has also been, and continues to be, pivotal in the course of world events. A History of Eastern Europe offers a sweeping 1,000-year tour with a particular focus on the region's modern history. In 24 insightful lectures, you'll observe waves of migration and invasion, watch empires rise and fall, witness wars and their deadly consequences - and come away with comprehensive knowledge of one of the world's most fascinating places.
In examining this region's remarkable diversity and contested borders, you'll better understand the ever-present tension between the connections between East and West and the areas of marked contrast. These disparities were clear as the world globalized and the US and Soviet superpowers jockeyed for spheres of influence - epitomized by the imposition of the Iron Curtain across Europe and the rise of the Berlin Wall. And yet, throughout the 20th century and into current times, the connectedness of Eastern Europe to the rest of the world continues to be demonstrated beyond question. This region has made itself felt across the globe through:


The political and cultural reverberations of peace movements and armed conflicts
The crises of huge population migrations and the new expressions of cultural and economic exchange they spark
The successes and struggles of NATO and the European Union
And more

Explore the grand sweep of this epic history, from a series of early invasions to the rise of empires to the collapse of communism and into the new challenges of the 21st century. Meet brilliant poets, writers, artists, and other cultural figures who made an impact on Eastern European history.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Insight into an often overlooked part of the world

As a Western European, I've always wanted to know more about my Eastern European neighbours. Although I have listened to some courses that feature Eastern Europe, it's always been in the context of another part of history, such as Russia or the First World War. This time, however, the story is really about Eastern Europe itself.

Prof. Liulevicius is clearly enthausiastic about the subject, and delivers a good mix of large-scale political and societal developments and stories about individuals, including some anecdotes about his own experiences in the places he talks about.

I think the professor does a good job dispelling some of the common stereotypes about the region, like the notion that people in the Balkans "have always been killing each other at the drop of a hat". As it turns out, the Balkans have also seen long periods of peaceful coexistence and intermingling of different ethnic groups.

If you're like me, and want to get a deeper understanding of a part of the world that's often overlooked or grossly simplified, this is the course for you.
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- Thomas

Incredible: strong focus on modern history

I enjoyed it immensely however it seemed to focus too much on the 20th century for me and ignored quite a lot of the fascinating history of the region from an earlier time
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- cole

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-11-2015
  • Publisher: The Great Courses