Archive for the ‘MattG’ Category

Post on Glenny’s, The Fall of Yugoslavia

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Misha Glenny, The Fall of Yugoslavia: Third Balkan War, 3rd ed. (United States: Penguin Books, 1996), p. 33.

Misha Glenny’s The Fall of Yugoslavia is a highly engaging, yet tragic account of the armed conflict that occurred in Yugoslavia during the 1990s. Glenny discusses the role that nationalism played in causing the conflict. The focus of the book is on the time period roughly between the years of 1990-1993. During this period, relations between people became tense, which led to a senseless, bloody war that took the lives of many Serbians, Croatians, and Albanian Moslems. (more…)

D.C. band Soulside in Poland during 1989

Friday, November 16th, 2007

For anyone who is interested, I found some footage of one of my favorite punk bands from D.C., Soulside. According to the clip, they were the first U.S. band to ever play in three different cities in Poland. This was all filmed before the fall of Communism. Enjoy!

Blog Post 8 – “Eastern Europe in Revolution”

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Ivo Banic, ed., Eastern Europe in Revolution (Ithica: Cornell University Press, 1992), 58, 59.

Eastern Europe in Revolution is a work compiled with essays that put the events of 1989 into a conceptual framework. Scholars contribute essays that each deal with an individual country in Eastern Europe. The essays analyze the political changes throughout Eastern Europe that signaled the collapse while trying to put into context why communism failed. For the beginning reader, Eastern Europe in Revolution provides a decent overview of the social and political climate that culminated in the fall of Communism in 1989, and shortly after.


Blog Post 7-”Return to Diversity”

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Joseph Rothschild and Nancy M. Wingfield, Return to Diversity: A Political History of East Central Europe Since World War II, 3rd ed. United Kingdom: University of Oxford Press, 2000. Pp. 75, 76, 78.

Joseph Rothschild and Nancy M. Wingfield’s Return to Diversity, 3rd ed. is a book about, as the full title suggests, “a political history of East Central Europe since World War II.” The authors take us through a tour-de-force by examining the political constructs of East Central Europe beginning at the interwar period and on through the post-Communist era. The majority of the book, however, examines the political make-up of East Central Europe between the Second World War and prior to the fall of Communism. The subject of this post, therefore, will be to discuss how the Communists took over East Central Europe.


Blog Post 6 – Jan T. Gross, Neighbors

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Jan T. Gross, Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland. (New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2001), xviii, xix, 10, 47.

It has taken me quite sometime to gather the might to reread Jan Gross’ Neighbors. This wasn’t the easiest book to read during the first time around, and was even harder to read this time. Its definitely not because the book is long, or hard to understand, really; it has much more to do with the content of the book—which is harrowing in its descriptions. At its inception, Neighbors was entirely polemical to the traditional Polish narrative of the Second World War, but that doesn’t mean its diminished in its overall importance. The truth is that Neighbors has resonated with me in such a way that no other book on the Holocaust has or probably ever will, yet it is also a work that asks more questions than it gives answers. I’m sorry if this doesn’t quite read like a “normal” objective book review, but to adequately review Neighbors, I believe one has to somewhat exceed beyond the bounds of conventional wisdom.

Online Interview with Dr. Rosenzweig

Friday, October 12th, 2007

This is a great online interview with our dear professor, Roy Rosenzweig. He discusses digital history and its impact on the historical field.

Rubin Lecture at Catholic University – A Discussion of the medieval cult of the Virgin and the Jews.

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Dear all,

My professor, Dr. Collins, sent out this information to our class. The lecture looks very interesting, particularly if one’s interest is in the history of the Jews.

Here is the info:

Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies

The Catholic University of America – Public Lecture

Miri Rubin-University of London

“Mary and the Jews”

Friday, October 12th, 2007, 5:15 p.m.

322C Pryzbyla Center, Great Room C

“Light Refreshments to follow. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Association. For further information, please, call Lani Mullaney at (202) 319-5794.”

(The information is from a .pdf file. I was not able to figure out how to post this file directly onto the blog, but the relevant information is all there for anyone who is interested in attending.)


Blog Post 5 – Matt Gravely

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Hagen, William H. “Before the ‘Final Solution’: Toward a Comparative Analysis of Political Anti-Semitism in Interwar Germany and Poland.” The Journal of Modern History, Vol. 68, No. 2 (Jun., 1996), pp. 351-381.

In Hagen’s article, “Before the ‘Final Solution’”, he addresses the dynamic of political anti-Semitism in interwar Germany and Poland. His analysis proves that there was anti-Semitism fostered at the core of politics in both Germany and Poland, and that the two nations were indelibly linked to the fate of the Jewish population during the Holocaust. Not only does Hagen’s analysis draw links between anti-Semitism of both Germany and Poland during the interwar period, but also he shows how the declining liberal party transitioned into the trajectory of right-winged radicalism that spread throughout Europe during the pre-1941 period.


Good article @ in relation to the perception of national identity in America.

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

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National Identity and Statuary: What is the Connection?

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Maria Bucur and Nancy M. Wingfield. Staging the Past: The Politics in Hapsburg Central Europe, 1848 to the Present. Indiana: Purdue University Press. 2001. Pp. 112, 114.

Bucur and Wingfield’s Staging the Past is compiled with essays that address the connection between nationalism and the collective memory of a population. An appropriate question to ask ourselves is: How is this achieved? (more…)