Fall/Winter Timetable

POL377H1F L0101

Topics in Comparative Politics I

The Making of Modern Democracy: From the Middle Ages to the European Union


This course examines political change in Central and Eastern Europe (with limited discussion of Western Europe) from the Middle Ages to the present day. How are democracies created and why do they collapse? We will approach this question from an historical perspective, considering in succession the multiple “layers” of historical legacies—old regime, nineteenth century, interwar period, and state socialist—in their relation to the region’s contemporary politics. Throughout, the course will introduce students to a variety of historical explanations for present-day political phenomena (especially democratization and de-democratization) as well as accounts centered on more proximate causes, such as leadership-centric and strategic interaction-based explanations.

Format and Requirements

One two-hour lecture per week. Course requirements TBA.