Modern European History: Central/Eastern Europe
- Department of German
- Department of Slavic Languages
- Program in Jewish and Israel Studies
- Program in Middle Eastern and North African Studies
- Graduate Cluster in Jewish Studies
Scholars in the field of Central and East European history specialize in both the empires that ruled this region for centuries and in the modern states and societies they bequeathed. Areas of focus include the Ottoman, German, Habsburg, Russian and Soviet Empires; ideologies of nationalism, communism, antisemitism and fascism; and the causes, course, and consequences of mass migration, ethnic cleansing, and genocide. The Department has a particular strength in the study of the Jews of Central and Eastern Europe from the medieval period through the Holocaust and after. Our faculty works closely with colleagues in the Departments of German and Slavic Studies and in the programs for Jewish and Israel Studies and Middle Eastern and North African Studies.