Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius

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The Other Europe: Deep Roots of Diversity
Episode 1 of A History of Eastern Europe
Begin your course with a geographic overview of Eastern Europe, a region that begins at the Baltic Sea in the north and spans 20 countries to the Black Sea in the south. Here, Professor Liulevicius introduces you to the key…
Formative Migrations: Mongols to Germans
Episode 2 of A History of Eastern Europe
Examine the many waves of people who settled Eastern Europe during the ancient and medieval worlds. Ethnic groups including Germanic tribes, Slavic peoples, the Vikings, the Mongols, and many more created a diversity of language and culture. Meanwhile, the mix…
World War I: Destruction and Rebirth
Episode 8 of A History of Eastern Europe
Examine the First World War from the very different vantage of Eastern Europe. Whereas the West's view of the Great War is one of indecision and stalemate, the war in the East was one of movement--and perhaps even a cause…
Clashing Golden Ages, 1389–1772
Episode 3 of A History of Eastern Europe
Continue your study of Eastern Europe's development with a look at several decisive battles, including the Battle of Kosovo and the Battle of Tannenberg. You'll see how these battles were transformed into legends--and were also key turning points for the…
World War II: The Unfamiliar Eastern Front
Episode 11 of A History of Eastern Europe
Continue your study of World War II from the Eastern European perspective. Here, you'll see how Hitler caught Stalin off guard with a surprise attack, causing the Soviet Union to join the Allies. Nevertheless, Stalin had his own plans to…
Jewish Life in the Shtetl
Episode 7 of A History of Eastern Europe
The story of the shtetl--small Jewish towns once found throughout Eastern Europe--has been significantly lost to history due to the crimes of the 20th century. Here, Professor Liulevicius reconstructs what we know about the vibrant life in these communities and…
The Great Crime of Empires: Poland Divided
Episode 4 of A History of Eastern Europe
The combined nation of Poland and Lithuania was a powerful force in the 18th century--and its dissolution is one of the great crimes of the modern era. Civil strife provided the pretext for neighboring empires to swoop in and annex…
Life in Totalitarian Captivity, 1953–1980
Episode 16 of A History of Eastern Europe
Go inside daily life in Eastern Europe during the peak of the Cold War. After reviewing the dire economy, Professor Liulevicius delves into the apparatus of state control. Find out how secret police forces such as the East German Stasi…
Yugoslav Wars: Milosevic and Balkan Strife
Episode 21 of A History of Eastern Europe
In the 1990s, Yugoslavia erupted into a brutal civil war between many different ethnic groups, including Serbs, Croats, and Bosnian Muslims. Unpack the many sides of this conflict, from its origins to ethnic cleansing and genocide to the country's breakup…
The Origins of Nationalism, 1815–1863
Episode 5 of A History of Eastern Europe
Glide into the age of Romanticism, when poets surpassed politicians in setting national agendas. In this lecture, after considering the distinction between civil and ethnic nationalism, you'll study a number of 19th-century revolutions that swept across the region--and reflect how…
The Holocaust and the Nazi Racial Empire
Episode 12 of A History of Eastern Europe
The sheer number of casualties in the Holocaust defies the imagination. In this lecture, Professor Liulevicius guides you through this troubling history. You'll learn about German goals and actions, Nazi collaborators who helped produce the Holocaust, and resistance from within…
The Age of Empires, 1863–1914
Episode 6 of A History of Eastern Europe
After poetic romanticism failed to produce a new world order, conservative politicians co-opted nationalism in support of empire building. Review the stirrings of nationalism within the Russian, German, and Austrian empires. Then turn to emerging political ideologies that laid the…
Power of the Powerless: Revolts and Unrest
Episode 17 of A History of Eastern Europe
As the Cold War continued, Soviet forces tightened their grip on Eastern European countries, yet dissident voices emerged. In East Germany, Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia, witness the revolt of proletarian workers and see how writers used secret publications and the…
Toppling Idols: The Communist Collapse
Episode 19 of A History of Eastern Europe
The fall of the Berlin Wall and the breakup of the Soviet Union are two of the most iconic moments in modern history. Trace the events leading up to these moments, from the newly free elections in Poland to the…
The Turn: The Post-Soviet 1990s
Episode 20 of A History of Eastern Europe
Take an archaeological tour of Eastern Europe in the wake of the communist collapse. After considering the region's tattered economy, you'll look at some of the secrets that emerged with the fall of the USSR and the release of Stasi…
From Democrats to Dictators, 1918–1939
Episode 9 of A History of Eastern Europe
After the guns fell silent in Western Europe, border wars and the fight for self-determination continued in the East. Take a look at the major events after World War I, including the little-known Soviet-Polish war, forcible population exchanges throughout the…
Eastern Europe at the Crossroads
Episode 24 of A History of Eastern Europe
In this final lecture, you'll revisit the four key themes running through this course and consider whether they still remain true of Eastern Europe today. Look at the region's economy, politics, ethnicities, and relationships to Western Europe to consider the…
Solidarity in Poland: Walesa’s Union
Episode 18 of A History of Eastern Europe
The beginnings of the end of Eastern European communism came with the firing of a shipyard worker in Gdansk, which led to a workers uprising and the founding of the Solidarity political movement. Dive into these exciting events, from rebellion…
Caught between Hitler and Stalin
Episode 10 of A History of Eastern Europe
The Nazi-Soviet Pact is one of the most perplexing occurrences in modern history. Examine this uneasy alliance and how it accommodated Hitler's and Stalin's plans for expansion in the 1930s and 1940s. See how borders were redrawn yet again as…
Postwar Flight and Expulsion
Episode 13 of A History of Eastern Europe
After the war, the West saw a measure of stability, whereas Eastern Europe was chaotic as displaced populations and refugees shifted among new political territories in the wake of the Yalta and Potsdam conferences. Witness the travails of some of…