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WSP 353 — Cities of Intrigue: Vienna, Prague, Budapest, and Istanbul

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Aug 11—Aug 18
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Aug 4
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $325
Instructor(s): Bruce Elliott
Status: Open
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Aug 11—Aug 18
2 days
Drop By
Aug 4
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Bruce Elliott
For over four centuries the Hapsburg Empire was the preeminent power in Central Europe. Hapsburg dominance and influence radiated out from its three principal capitals: Vienna—city of grandeur, seat of the Austrian Imperial Court; Prague—the Bohemian capital, with its Castle on the Heights, merchant elite and Jewish Quarter; and Budapest—the prime Danube river port, rising to prominence in the glory days of the Austro-Hungarian Dual Monarchy. Budapest, which had experienced 150 years under Turkish rule, was also the pivot of the contested zone between Hapsburg Vienna and its nemesis, Ottoman Istanbul, for centuries the world’s largest and most magnificent city. This course will highlight the character and history of each of these fascinating urban centers, as well as their complex interactions. The workshop format will be divided into two organic pairings, the first Saturday featuring Vienna in the morning, then its rival Prague in the afternoon. The following week, Budapest will be coupled with the imposing Istanbul. Class sessions will be a creative blend of lecture, discussion, and extensive visuals.

Bruce Elliott, Independent Scholar

Bruce Elliott teaches courses in European history and culture for lifelong-learning programs at UC Berkeley, Dominican and Sonoma State Universities. A major concentration of his research has focused on ways in which urban environments throughout history have stimulated innovation and creative expression. In the summertime, he renews his enthusiasm for all things European by leading travel-study tours to legendary destinations. Elliott received a PhD in history at UC Berkeley.