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The Politics of Post-Communism

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J. Richter

Course Long Title

The Politics of Post-Communism


The collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and Asia provide a unique opportunity to examine why things change and why things stay the same. This course examines how Russia and at least one other post-communist country have dealt with the three fundamental challenges that all such countries had to face: the transformation of political institutions; the transformation of economic institutions; and the redefinition of national identity. Prerequisite(s): any 100-level course in politics or any course in European studies.

Modes of Inquiry

Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

Writing Credit

No writing credit

Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(PLTC: Identities & Interests), (PLTC: Institutional Politics)

INDS Program Relationship

IDEU - EUS Program

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