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Russia and East European Studies

The field of Russian and East European Studies focuses on the huge region lying from the Danube basin in the west to the Pacific ocean in the east. In this vast area existed for centuries two important empires: The Habsburg monarchy and Russia. Important cultural exchanges between east and west, north and south took place in the region alongside crucial historical events such as the Russian revolution, the Holocaust and the break-up of communism. The majority of the world's Jewish population lived in Eastern Europe until the twentieth century with cities like Warsaw, Budapest and Vienna developing vibrant modernist cultures. The fascinating history of Russia, between "Europe" and "Asia" vividly demonstrates the identity dilemmas of its population. The official choice of a "European" orientation in the beginning of the Eighteenth century created a dynamic and conflict-ridden culture which brought to the world such literary giants as Tolstoy andDostoyevsky. Russia's complex and sophisticated culture inspired the works of some of the key modernist artists. The story of the establishment, rise and dissolution of the Soviet Union plays a vital role not only in the history of Russia but also the in history of Eastern Europe and the world at large.   

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