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Dr. Dennis P Hupchick

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Global History & Languages

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Dr. Hupchick, the senior member of the history faculty, holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.

He is a former Fulbright Scholar to Bulgaria and a past president of the Bulgarian Studies Association.  A highly-regarded expert on Eastern Europe, in particular Bulgaria, Dr. Hupchick regularly teaches HST 101 and 102 as well as upper level courses on Balkan History, Byzantium, the History of Northeast Europe, and the History of Russia.

Dr. Hupchick’s publications include Culture and History in Eastern Europe; Culture and Chaos in Eastern Europe; Bulgaria, Past and Present: Transitions and Turning Points (co-edited with Donald L. Dyer); Hungary’s Historical Legacies (co-edited with R. William Weisberger); and, along with Harold E. Cox, A Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe; The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe, and The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of the Balkans. Dr. Hupchick’s most recent book, The Balkans: from Constantinople to Communism, was a July 2002 History Book Club selection.

Publications

Culture and History in Eastern Europe, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994
This work provides an approach towards understanding recent and current events in Eastern Europe. It presents arguments for the importance of culture in its most essential form - a particular group of people's basic perception of reality - as the continuous driving force underlying human actions. It is the interplay among various cultures over time that forms the determining factors that shape human development. The author describes the cultural complexities of Eastern Europe and Russia, giving the reader insight into how the region's inhabitants perceive their histories.

Culture and Chaos in Eastern Europe,New York: St. Martin's Press, 1995
Considers issues surrounding the collapse of communist rule and the return of independence in Eastern and Central Europe, such as the legacy of the habsburg empire; the cultural faultline of Bosnia-Hercegovina; and the instability of Poland's eastern borders.

Bulgaria, Past and Present: Transitions and Turning Points, (Editor with Donald L. Dyer), Volume 9 of Balkanistica, Special Edition, 1996
A collection of twenty-two articles by leading scholars in the field of Bulgarian studies, representing the partial proceedings of the 5th Joint Meeting of Bulgarian and North American Scholars held at the University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA, May 25-27, 1994).

A Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe (with Harold E. Cox), New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996
Eastern European history is a difficult subject for Westerners to understand, partly because of the region's political, ethnic, and cultural diversity. A Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe addresses this need. In 50 two-color, full-page maps and facing page explanatory text, the atlas illustrates key moments in East European history, from the Middle Ages to the present. A Choice Outstanding Academic book for 1997.

Hungary's Historical Legacies: Studies in Honor of Steven Bela Vardy, (Editor with R. William Weisberger), Boulder: CO: East European Monographs, 2000
A collection of nineteen articles by leading scholars in the fields of Hungarian political, cultural, economic, demographic, literary, and linguistic history honoring the distinguished Duquesne University historical scholar, Steven Bela Vardy, edited by two of his former graduate students. The articles address such issues as historiography, Hungarian immigration to the U.S., 18th-19th century political reforms, Hungarian-Soviet relations, the 1956 Revolution, and the Crown of St. Steven.

The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe, (with Harold E. Cox), 2nd ed., New York: Palgrave, 2001
Eastern European history is a difficult subject for Westerners to understand, partly because of the region's political, ethnic, and cultural diversity. The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe, revised and updated for this edition, addresses this need. In 52 two-color, full-page maps and facing page explanatory text, the atlas illustrates key moments in East European history, from the Middle Ages to the present.

The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of the Balkans (with Harold E. Cox), New York: Palgrave, 2001
The dramatic, tumultuous and often tragic human events that erupted in the Balkan Peninsula following the collapse of communism between 1989 and 1991 have captured the Western world's attention throughout the 1990s. This book contains 50 color, full-page maps and extensive explanatory text to explore this often complicated and war-torn history. The maps not only illustrate the area's physical geography, but also the political development and key moments in Balkans history, in a way that is immediate and easy to understand.

The Balkans: From Constantinople to Communism, New York: Palgrave, 2002
The tragedies in Bosnia and Kosovo are often explained away as the unchangeable legacy of "centuries-old hatreds." In this richly detailed, expertly balanced chronicle of the Balkans across 15 centuries, the author sets a complicated record straight. Organized around the three great civilizations of the region - Western European, Orthodox Christian, and Muslim - this is a much-needed inclusive guide to the political, social, cultural, and religious threads of Balkan history - with a clear, convincing account of the reasons for nationalist violence and terror. A July 2002 History Book Club selection.


     

     

     

     

     

     

 

 

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