The course is targeted for the ENS students. If there are places left, the course is also open for other master’s degree students.
The course provides the students with an advanced understanding of the transnational history of Europe and the Nordic countries. Combining institutional and historical perspectives, the module aims to provide students with an understanding of the evolution of the present practices of cooperation and interaction, as well as the challenges they increasingly face. The module provides the students with conceptual, analytical, and historical tools for addressing these issues.
Offered every year, 2nd period
The course addresses the ways in which Europe and the Nordic region can be perceived as loci of both cooperation and conflict in the 20th century and in the recent past. It looks at processes of integration and disintegration and their various causes and consequences. For instance, the project of European integration, the observation of the long ‘Nordic peace’ and the achievement of domestic political stability and economic growth after the world wars are not only historical phenomena, but also set normative standards for today. Yet the stability of institutional and normative structures has historically been jeopardized by both external and internal factors. It has been challenged by phenomena such as the increasing instability of surrounding areas, financial hardship, political tensions within, the rise of political extremism and dysfunctional government, and the threat of direct political violence and terrorism. Utilising a transnational historical perspective, the course helps to place Europe’s current challenges in a historical context.
The detailed reading list will be provided to the students at the beginning of the course.
Wolfram Kaiser & Antonio Varsori (eds.), European Union History: Themes and Debates (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
Tony Judt, Postwar: A history of Europe since 1945 (2005).
Fernando Guirao et al (eds.), Alan S. Milward and a Century of European Change (Routledge, 2010).
Martin Conway & Kiran Patel (eds.), Europeanization in the Twentieth Century: Historical Approaches (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
Johanna Rainio-Niemi, The Ideological Cold War: The Politics of Neutrality in Austria and Finland (Routledge, 2014).
Language of instruction: English
Contact teaching. In exceptional cases, alternative methods of completion may be agreed upon with the academic coordinator of the programme.