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070230 SE BA-Seminar - From confrontation to EU accession (2021S)

integration processes in Western and Eastern Europe in comparative perspective

10.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

sin tempore!

Thursday 15.04. 12:30 - 15:00 Digital
Thursday 22.04. 12:30 - 15:00 Digital
Thursday 29.04. 12:30 - 15:00 Digital
Thursday 06.05. 12:30 - 15:00 Digital
Thursday 20.05. 12:30 - 15:00 Digital
Thursday 27.05. 12:30 - 15:00 Digital
Thursday 10.06. 12:30 - 15:00 Digital
Thursday 17.06. 12:30 - 15:00 Digital
Thursday 24.06. 12:30 - 15:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The integration processes in Western and Eastern Europe were in historiography often treated as two rather distinct phenomena. Only recently, with growing use of networked based concepts, the historians started to point to the interconnections and interlinkages between the two. Introducing the students to recent methodological debates and research trends, this Seminar traces the interlocked history of integration processes in Europe in six decades from 1944 to 2004. While the first date marks the birth of the British Western Union concept which gave rise to the Brussels Pact, the earliest transnational body in the Western Europe, the 2004 saw the entry of the former Soviet bloc countries to the EU. Yet, the Seminar will go beyond the obvious subjects such as history of international organisations and will demonstrate that the integration processes must be understood as a multilevel process including the technological and infrastructural integration or the birth of consumer societies and ecological movements.

Goal of the Seminar is to make the students familiar with the latest secondary literature, strengthen their capabilities of conducting independent research as well as fostering their presentation and writing skills.

BA Seminar From confrontation to EU accession: integration processes in Western and Eastern Europe in comparative perspective, Dr. Peter Svik, peter.svik@univie.ac.at, 2021S
Institut für Osteuropäische Geschichte der Universität Wien

Possible themes
1. Military integration: Brussels Pact, Western European Union, NATO and Warsaw Pact
2. Economic integration: European Coal and Steel Community, Euratom, European Economic Community and Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (Comecon)
3. Beyond Euratom: cross-bloc cooperation in atomic energy and nuclear physics
4. The role of UN’s Economic Commission for Europe
5. Infrastructural integration: air, road and river traffic
6. East-West trade and technology transfers
7. Competition and cooperation in space programs
8. Competition and cooperation in aircraft production
9. Competing visions of Europeaness: old and new European in the Global South
10. American influence: Nixon-Khrushchev "Kitchen debate" and the birth of consumer societies
11. Ecological movements in Western and Eastern Europe
12. Helsinki Accords and supporting human rights in Soviet bloc countries
13. Why did the socialist integration fail?
14. Human rights
15. Post-socialism: the 1990s, EU-conditionality and EU accession
16. EU-Russia relations: From common space to confrontation

Assessment and permitted materials

consists of following components: active participation at the classes (20%), 1-2 pp. outline of seminar paper, (10%), 20 mins oral presentation (20%), 3-5 mins oral commentary (10%), seminar paper up to 20-30 pp. (40%)

Presentations and papers can be delivered both in German and English.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Albrecht, Stefan. ‘Luftfahrt zwischen ICAO- und Sowjetstandards.’ In Standardisierung und Integration europäischer Verkehrsinfranstruktur in historischer Perspektive, edited by Gerold Ambrosius, Christian Henrich-Franke, Cornelius Neutsch and Guido Thiemeyer, 183-96. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2009.
Crump, Laurien and Simon Godard. ‘Reassessing Communist International Organisations: A Comparative Analysis of COMECON and the Warsaw Pact in relation to their Cold War Competitors' EContemporary European History 27, no. 1 (2018): 85-109.
Diogo, Maria P. and Dirk van Laak, Europeans Globalizing: Mapping, Exploiting, Exchanging. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Fickers, Andreas and Pascal Griset, Communicating Europe: Technologies, Information, Events. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.
Högselius, Per, Arnje Kaijser and Erik van der Vleuten, Europe’s Infrastructure Transition: Economy, War, Nature. Basingstoke New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Journal of European Integration History
Journal of Common Market Studies
Kaiser, Wolfram and Antonio Varsori. European Union History: Themes and Debates. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Kaiser, Wolfram and Johan Schot. Writing the Rules for Europe: Experts, Cartels, and International Organizations. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Kaiser, Wolfram and Kiran K. Patel. ‘Multiple connections in European co-operation: international organizations, policy ideas, practices and transfers, 1967-92.’ European Review of History 24, no. 3 (2017): 337-357.
Kohlrausch, Martin and Helmuth Trischler, Building Europe on Expertise: Innovators, Organizers, Networkers. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Loth, Wilfried. Europas Einigung: Eine unvollendete Geschichte. Frankfurt - New York: Campus Verlag, 2014.
Mastny, Vojtech. A Cordboard Castle? An Inside History of the Warsaw Pact. Budapest: Central European University Press, 2005.
Patel, Kiran Klaus. Project Europe: A History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.
Perovic, Jeronim. ‘The Soviet Union’s Rise as an International Energy Power: A Short History.’ In Cold War Energy: A Transnational History of Soviet Oil and Gas, edited by Jeronim Perovic, 1-43. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Perovic, Jeronim, and Dunja Krempin. ‘"The Key is in Our Hand:" Soviet Energy Strategy during Détente and the Global Oil Crises of the 1970s.’ Historical Social Research/Historische Sozialforschung 39, no. 4 (2014), 113-44.
Svik, Peter. Civil Aviation and the Globalisation of the Cold War. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.
Yermakov, Vitaly, James Henderson and Bassam Fattouh, ‘Russia’s Heavy Fuel Oil Exports: Challenges and Changing Rules Abroad and at Home.’ The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies Paper: WPM 80, April 2019, https://doi.org/10.26889/9781784671358.

Association in the course directory

BA Geschichte (2019): 10 ECTS
BA Geschichte (2012): 9 ECTS
BEd UF Geschichte: 8 ECTS

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