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Faculty - Dr. Richard Blanke

Email: richard.blanke@umit.maine.edublanke
Call: 207-581-1919
145 Stevens Hall

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

I teach a variety of courses in modern European history with particular attention to central and eastern Europe, including the introductory survey of European Civilization II (HTY 106), a two-semester intermediate course sequence in 20th Century Europe (HTY 409.410), and alternating two-semester course sequences in Modern Germany (HTY 425.426) and Russian History (HTY 423.424). I also teach a graduate seminar in Modern European Historiography every other year and Senior Seminars on such topics as nationalism, totalitarianism, and “comparing the cultures.” My research has focused on nationalism and the national problems of central Europe; above all, on German-Polish issues. It has been supported by grants from the Fulbright Commission, American Council of Learned Societies, and the Research and Exchanges Board. I am a member of the German Studies Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, the National Association of Scholars, the Association for the Study of Nationalities, and the Historical Society.


Representative Publications: (books)

  • ‘Polish-speaking Germans?’ Language and National Identity among the Prussian Masurians (2001)
  • Orphans of Versailles: Germans in Western Poland, 1918-1939 (1993)
  • Prussian Poland in the German Empire, 1871-1900 (1981)
  • also articles in Journal of Modern History, Journal of Contemporary History, Slavic Review, Slavonic and East European Review, Nationalities Papers, etc.

Work in Progress:

  • Ethnic cleansing in east-central Europe after World War II


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