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Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Resources





Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies (CSEEES) 

The website of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University features links to cultural, political, and geographical information, as well as information specifically geared to K-12 instructors.     

Duke Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies 

This portion of the Duke CSEEES website contains brief but useful introduction materials on East and Central European countries, Russia, and the former Soviet republics. Organized by country, the pages are easy to navigate and are a good research source for educators and middle/high school students.  


Operated by the Central Eurasia Project of the Open Society Institute in New York, EurasiaNet provides information and analysis about political, economic, environmental and social developments in the countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus, as well as in Russia, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia. The web site presents a variety of perspectives on contemporary developments, utilizing a network of correspondents based both in the West and in the region. 

Eastern Europe, the Multicultural Arena

Professor Konnilyn Feig of Foothills College in California has spent large amounts of time in Eastern Europe over the past thirty years. His site houses a vast collection of links, arranged by country and topic, along with his own notes from the field.   

Central Europe Review

The Central Europe Review is a free on-line journal that provides authoritative news and analysis from across the region. Concerned with Central and East European society, politics, and culture, the journal endeavors, "to overcome the traditional 'East/West' mentality associated with so much writing on this region."    

Russian and East European Studies (REES) Virtual Library

The virtual library's "browse" tool lets visitors choose subjects, cultures, regions, and time periods for an overview of related Russian and East European links. More refined searches can be performed using the "search" function. It is an easy-to-use research tool with an extensive catalog of links. 

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Curriculum Kits from the Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies Center at Harvard University

The site describes each of the Center's kits, which are available to educators for borrowing, free of charge (e-mail  

North Carolina's 6th Grade Goes to Russia

"North Carolina's 6th Grade Goes to Russia" is a program sponsored by North Carolina State University that offers students and teachers an opportunity to experience life in Russia virtually through this website. The 2003/04 adventure is a year-long experience, with a complete unit on Russia for teachers, as well as many games and activities provided throughout the school year. This site encourages teachers to use curriculum integration as their approach in teaching students the unit on Russia. Through this site students can participate virtually and learn about life in Russia. They will study Russia through class activities, activities in this website, and through virtual exchanges with other participating students and subject "experts" around the world.

K-12 Annotated Bibliography: Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe

The K-12 Bibliography is one portion of the larger University of Illinois Russian and East European Center site. As the site explains, many books and resources included in the bibliography are available in public and school libraries.  

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The Face of Russia

This PBS site has a well-designed page presenting the highlights of a lengthy chronology of Russian history. The page includes a series of Lessons, each aimed at a particular grade level (but may easily be adapted for higher or lower grades): Design an Icon (Upper Elementary, Middle & High School), The Power of Architecture (Upper Elementary & Middle School), Living Under Communism (Middle School), Interview the Artists (High School), Persona Project (High School).

Beyond the Pale: The History of Jews in Russia

This is a website for “Beyond the Pale,” which focuses on the history of Jews in Russia. Particularly interesting and detailed are chapters “Jews in the Russian Empire,” “Jews in the Soviet Union,” and “Jews in the Soviet Union: 1941 to Present.”

Treasures of the Czars

This excellent website features the history and culture of imperial Russia. Don't miss the link to "Playground of the Czars" which includes a crash course in Russian, information about folk customs, and a reading list.   

Cold War Hot Links

This site provides links to Cold War topics such as the Kennedy and the Cold War, The Age of McCarthyism, and a declassified newsreel.  A few of the links need to be updated, but the ones that work span a range of Cold-War-related information.        


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