Central European University

Central European University

Central European History

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Central European History

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master’s program in Central European History explores comparative themes in the history of Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe within a wider European context. While the program is loosely arranged into “early-modern” (1500–1789), “modern” (1789–1914) and “contemporary” (post-1914) specializations, there is an increasing endeavor to transcend chronological boundaries, as well as to range freely among sub-disciplines. Particular themes include: patterns of social development; cultural history and everyday life from the Reformation through the Enlightenment to modernity; problems of modernization (backwardness and unequal development); modern ideologies; empires and imperial structures; nationhood and the nation-state; and varieties of authoritarianism such as fascism and communism and their historical legacies and memory.

Sample Courses
Modern Historiography; Historical Methodology; The Late Ottoman Empire and Balkan Nationalism; Comparative Urban Change; Political Modernities and Nation-building in Central and Southeastern Europe; Imperial Legacies, Religion and the Formation of Modern Nation-states; Producing Relevant Knowledge: The Enlightenment Paradigm; Modernism and Modernity in European Art; Totalitarianism and Mass Politics in Modern Central Europe; Social Change Under Communism

Entry Requirements
In addition to meeting the General CEU Admissions Requirements, applicants must provide a 500-word outline of their proposed research topic. For information on how to write a research proposal for the Master’s programs, visit the “Prospective Students” section on the departmental website.

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