City Stops Between Europe and Asia: From Prague to Kabul

SES 723S

Explores the multi-layered histories and identities of cities positioned on imperial routes extending from Europe's eastern borders into Central Asia--Prague, Warsaw, Kazan, Istanbul, Bukhara/Tashkent, Kabul. Examines how these urban spaces bear the political, religious, cultural, and linguistic imprints of overlapping empires--Mongol, Ottoman, Hapsburg, Russian, and Soviet. No prerequisites. All readings in English translation and films screened with English subtitles.