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Teaching: topics and fields

As a self-contained part of the subject of Modern History, Central and Eastern European Contemporary History can be chosen as a major for a Master degree or postgraduate course; it is studied by many students of other disciplines as a subsidiary subject for a doctorate, Bachelor, Master degree and/or diploma.

The Chair of Central and Eastern European Contemporary History is devoted primarily to recent history and history in the making in Russia and Eastern and Central Europe (19th and 20th century) and explores the historical development of these two neighbouring regions, whose historical destinies differ fundamentally. The comparative analysis of the different historical development of Russia, on the one hand, and its Eastern and Central European neighbours, on the other, forms one of the key focal points of the tuition and research activities of the Chair.

Other major aspects covered include: comparative Eastern European history of ideas of Comintern and the Eastern bloc, Soviet Eastern European policy, the "Jewish issue† in Eastern Europe, the ecclesiastical policy of the communist states (mainly Poland and USSR), the perception of Russia and/or the Soviet Union in the West and of the West in Russia, comparative analysis of the communist and extreme right-wing dictatorships, theories of fascism and totalitarianism.