The Concept of Eastern Europe: Defining Eastern Europe and what’s the Use of That Concept

Discovering Eastern Europe

Dr. Georgiy Kasianov
Georgiy Kasianov


Georgiy Kasianov was born in Cheliabinsk, Russia. He received his Doctoral diploma (History) from the Institute of History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Currently, he is Head of Department of Contemporary History and Politics at the Institute of History of Ukraine (Kyiv) and professor at the National University 'Kyiv Mohyla Academy'. His research interests include the rewriting of histories in the post-Communist world, theories of nation and nationalism and the history of Ukraine.

Module Summary:

Eastern European countries have taken different pathways after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. While some have succeeded to establish consolidated democracies and building innovative market economies, others remain unstable or have drifted back into autocratic structures. This Module will explain these different pathways and provide a better understanding for the post-revolution processes. In addition, a link to the revolution movement of Arab spring will be established.

Educational Goals:

  • You will be able to explain the reasons for different developments detected among East European states.
  • You will be familiarized with the historical dimension of transformation in Eastern Europe after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
  • You will be provided with practical skills concerning active participation in controversial discussions, presenting and supporting your own arguments and elaborating a well-structured research paper.


  • Writing three Essays on different topics and active participation in a Group Discussion via Discussion Board.
  • Preparing the final research paper. The final paper determines your final grade and can only be submitted if the previous tasks were passed.

Key Facts:

  • 8 ECTS
  • 12 weeks
  • 1.195 Euro
  • Optional On-site Workshop in February each year

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