The Legacies Of Eastern Europe: Pathways Of East European History And East European Landscapes of Memory

Discovering Eastern Europe

Dr. Georgiy Kasianov
Georgiy Kasianov


Dr. Georgiy Kasianov was born in Cheliabinsk, Russia and obtained his Doctoral diploma (History) at the Institute of History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. 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'. He has published numerous books on social, intellectual and political history of Ukraine in 19th to 20th century and on theories of nation and nationalism. 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:

This Module will familiarize you with East European history and its influence on current political movements, developments and challenges. The Module will show how history can influence the process of nation-building and which risks appear when contemporary politics use and misuse it. It will give an overview about different classifications of nationalism and explain their relevance to the recent developments such as NATO and EU extension, Ukraine crisis, rise of nationalism and populism in Europe. At the end of the Module the main impact of communism on the development of Central and Eastern Europe will be critically discussed.

Educational Goals:

  • You will be familiarized with broad theoretical concepts concerning the legacies of Eastern Europe as well as practical examples from the contemporary politics and crises situations.
  • You will get the opportunity to discuss controversial topics such as the Ukrainian crisis, the rise of nationalism in Europe etc. and to learn how to state your position clearly and defend it.
  • You will be provided with practical skills concerning presenting and defending your own statements as well as elaborating your arguments and a well-structured research paper.


  • Completing two Discussion Board Tasks dealing with the use and misuse of history in contemporary politics and the risks through different crises.
  • Writing an essay concerning the impact of communism on the development of Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Creating the final research paper dealing with one of three proposed research questions based on the content of the Module and the previous task.

Key Facts:

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

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