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  1. Textbooks 5 items
    There is NO TEXTBOOK for this course. However, compulsory and “to know more” readings include several chapters from the textbooks listed below.
    1. Developments in Russian Politics 9 - Richard Sakwa, Henry E. Hale, Stephen White 2019

      Book Essential

    2. Developments in Central and East European Politics 5 - Stephen White, Judy Batt, Paul G. Lewis 2013

      Book Essential

    3. Developments in Central and East European Politics 5 - Stephen White, Judy Batt, Paul G. Lewis 2013 (electronic resource)

      Book Essential

    4. The Routledge Handbook of East European Politics - Adam Fagan, Petr Kopecky 2017

      Book Essential

    5. The Routledge Handbook of East European Politics - Adam Fagan, Petr Kopecky 2018 (electronic resource)

      Book Essential

  2. Newsroom Sources 25 items
    1. News 7 items
      1. BBC News - Europe

        Webpage Recommended also reports news from the region

      2. Al-Jazeera Europe

        Website Recommended usually more extensive and in-depth reporting on the region

      3. BBC NEWS | Country Profiles

        Webpage Recommended Local newspapers (some have English-language versions): check out the BBC country profile of your country, which includes lists of the main media outlets

    2. Analysis | Academic Blogs: 10 items
      1. LSE-EUROPP

        Webpage Recommended on European politics, including from the region

      2. Post-Soviet Brief

        Webpage Recommended news analysis from UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies

      3. OpenDemocracy

        Website Recommended often hosts analyses on the region

      4. LeftEast

        Webpage Recommended political analyses from the region from a leftist perspective

      5. Dr Sean's Diary

        Website Recommended political analysis blog on East-Central Europe

      6. Eurozine

        Website Recommended articles and analysis on politics, society and culture from the region and beyond

    3. Good Podcast Series: 5 items
      1. In Between Europe Podcast | New Eastern Europe - Zselyke Csaky, Gergely Romsics 23/5/2019

        Audio document Recommended on politics in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic

      2. Talk Eastern Europe Podcast | New Eastern Europe - Adam Reichardt, Maciek Makulski 11/5/2019

        Audio document Recommended on politics in the post-Soviet region

      3. The Power Vertical Podcast at CEPA

        Audio document Recommended on Russian politics. (older episodes at: https://www.rferl.org/z/884)

      4. Sean's Russia Blog | Russia Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

        Audio document Recommended on Russian politics & society

    4. Facebook Group 1 item
      1. Why We Study Eastern Europe? | Facebook

        Webpage Recommended Most members are academics. This is a great resource to keep up with the news from the region!

    5. Other Sources: 2 items
      1. Who Governs Europe

        Website Recommended Party systems and governments observatory (to check out who is/was in government across Europe

      2. European Journal of Political Research | Political Data Yearbook

        Website Recommended election results and government composition database + expert analyses on elections/referendums/changes of government/major political changes

  3. PART I: TRANSITION. TRANSITION! TRANSITION? 67 items
    1. Session 1: Introduction to the Course & the End of Socialisms 10 items
      1. Essential Readings: 3 items
        1. What Was Socialism and Why Did it Fall? - Katherine Verdery 1996

          Chapter Essential

      2. To Know More: 7 items
        1. Global Geographies of Post-Socialist Transition - Tassilo Herrschel 2014

          Book Recommended

        2. The Soviet Experiment - Ronald Grigor Suny 2011

          Book Recommended

        3. Was the Soviet System Reformable? - Stephen F. Cohen 2004

          Article Recommended

    2. Session 2: Triple transition/1: Democratisation 14 items
      1. Essential Readings: 3 items
        1. Democracy in the Post-Communist World: An Unending Quest? - Grzegorz Ekiert, Jan Kubik, Milada Anna Vachudova 2007

          Article Essential

      2. To Know More: 11 items
        1. The EU and Central and East European Politics - Nathaniel Copsey 2013

          Chapter Recommended

        2. Communist Legacies and Democratic Survival in a Comparative Perspective - Jeff Carter, Michael H. Bernhard, Timothy Nordstrom 2016

          Article Recommended

        3. The Problem with Poland - Jan-Werner Müller 2016

          Article Recommended

    3. Session 3: Triple Transition/2: To Market to Market… 19 items
      1. Essential Readings: 4 items
        1. Social Change and Social Policy - Terry Cox 2013

          Chapter Essential

        2. Chapter 5: Political Legacies: Old Habits Die - Rasma Karklins 2005

          Chapter Essential

      2. To Know More: 15 items
        1. Varieties of Capitalism in Eastern Europe - Dorothee Bohle 2017

          Chapter Recommended

        2. Combatting Corruption - Tatiana Kostadinova, Maria Spirova 2017

          Chapter Recommended

        3. Combatting Corruption - Tatiana Kostadinova, Maria Spirova 2018

          Chapter Recommended

        4. Anticorrp

          Website Recommended research project on corruption

    4. Session 4: The Hidden Half of the Transition: Women Before and After Socialism 13 items
      1. Essential Readings: 4 items
        1. Chapter 4: Forms of State, Forms of “Family” - Susan Gal, Gail Kligman 2000

          Chapter Essential – N.B. Read from p. 71 (‘Communist states did not fit…’)

        2. Chapter 4: Forms of State, Forms of “Family” - Susan Gal, Gail Kligman 2000

          Chapter Essential – N.B. Read from p. 71 (‘Communist states did not fit…’)

        3. Gender in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe and the USSR - Catherine Baker 2017

          Book Essential N.B. Read pp. 1–11 of the Introduction

      2. To Know More: 9 items
        1. The Representation of Women - Frank Thames 2017

          Chapter Recommended

        2. The Representation of Women - Frank Thames 2018

          Chapter Recommended

        3. Family Policies and Gender in Hungary, Poland, and Romania - Eva Fodor, Christy Glass, Janette Kawachi, Livia Popescu 2002

          Article Recommended

        4. Women's Experiences of Repression in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe - Kelly Hignett, Melanie Ilic, Dalia Leinarte, Corina Snitar 2018

          Book Recommended

        5. Women's Experiences of Repression in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe - Kelly Hignett, Melanie Ilic, Dalia Leinarte, Corina Snitar 2017 (electronic resource)

          Book Recommended

    5. Session 5: Triple Transition/3: Statehood and Nationalism 11 items
      1. Essential Readings: 4 items
        1. The Plight of Eastern Europe’s Roma - Peter Vermeersch 2017

          Chapter Essential

        2. The Holocaust and Poland's “History Policy” - Jan Grabowski 09/2016

          Article Essential Short case-study reading (a 5-page reflection on the politics of history in Poland)

      2. To Know More: 7 items
        1. Ethnic Struggle, Coexistence, and Democratization in Eastern Europe - Sherrill Stroschein 2012 (electronic resource)

          Book Recommended

  4. PART II: WHAT’S UP WITH RUSSIA? 52 items
    1. Session 6: Yeltsin’s Russia: Transition Interrupted? 11 items
      1. Essential Readings: 4 items
        1. Chapter 2 - Eugene Huskey 1999

          Chapter Essential

        2. Chapter 1 - Alena V. Ledeneva 2006

          Chapter Essential

        3. Chapter 1 - Alena V. Ledeneva 2013

          Chapter Essential

      2. To Know More: 7 items
        1. Politics in Russia - Richard Sakwa 2019

          Chapter Recommended

        2. Yeltsin's Russia: Myths and Reality - Lilia Shevtsova 1999

          Book Recommended

        3. Chapter 14: How Do Transitions Get Stuck and Where? - Adam Przeworski 2015

          Chapter Recommended

    2. Session 7: 20 Years of Putin’s Russia/1: Building the Power Vertical 9 items
      1. Essential Readings: 3 items
        1. Chapter 1 - Tony Wood 2018

          Chapter Essential

        2. Political Parties - Ora John Reuter 2019

          Chapter Essential

        3. Russia, Media and Audiences - Ellen Mickiewicz 2019

          Chapter Essential

      2. To Know More: 6 items
        1. A Federal State? - Darrell Slider 2019

          Chapter Recommended

        2. Developments in Russian Politics 9 - Richard Sakwa, Henry E. Hale, Stephen White 2019

          Book Recommended Especially: Chapter 4 ‘Parliamentary Politics in Russia’; Chapter 8 ‘Assessing the Rule of Law in Russia’

        3. Introduction: Russia in Retrospect and in Prospect - Kathryn Stoner 2018

          Article Recommended

    3. Session 8: 20 Years of Putin’s Russia/2: Life Under Putin 14 items
      1. Essential Readings: 3 items
        1. Chapter 11: Inequality and Social Policy in Russia - Thomas F. Remington 2019

          Chapter Essential

        2. Chapter 6: Protest, Civil Society and Informal Politics - Graeme B. Robertson 2019

          Chapter Essential

      2. To Know More: 11 items
        1. Putin's Russia - Anna Politkovskaya 2004

          Book Recommended

        2. Chapter 2: Putin’s Sistema - Alena V. Ledeneva 2013

          Chapter Recommended

        3. Chapter 2: Putin’s Sistema - Alena V. Ledeneva 2013

          Chapter Recommended

    4. Session 9: Russian Foreign Policy: From Defeat to Trolling? 8 items
      1. Essential Readings: 3 items
        1. Russian Foreign Policy - Valentina Feklyunina 2019

          Chapter Essential

      2. To Know More: 5 items
        1. Russian Foreign Policy - Eric Shiraev, Konstantin Khudoley 2018

          Book Recommended

        2. The Cyberspace War: Propaganda and Trolling as Warfare Tools - Jessikka Aro 2016

          Article Recommended Investigative journalism piece

        3. Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President – What We Don't, Can't, and Do Know - Kathleen Hall Jamieson 2018

          Book Recommended reviews of her book here: https://academic.oup.com/poq/article/83/1/163/5494619?searchresult=1

    5. Session 10: How Does Putin’s Russia End? 10 items
      1. Essential Readings: 2 items
      2. To Know More: 8 items
        1. Putin Is Not Russia - Vladimir V. Kara-Murza 2017

          Article Recommended

        2. Russia 2025: Scenarios for the Russian Future - Maria Lipman, Nikolay Petrov 2013

          Book Recommended

        3. Russia 2025: Scenarios for the Russian Future - Maria Lipman, Nikolay Petrov 2013 (electronic resource)

          Book Recommended

        4. Democracy in a Russian Mirror - Adam Przeworski 2015

          Book Recommended

        5. Democracy in a Russian Mirror - Adam Przeworski 2015 (electronic resource)

          Book Recommended

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