* HLS 358 / HIS 358 (HA)
History of the Balkans
Southeastern Europe has always possessed a distinct regional identity. To say "the Balkans" is to conjure up a place that, while part of Europe, seems somehow apart from European history. What is it that has given southeastern Europe its distinctiveness? In this course we will answer that question by exploring the historical experience of the area stretching from Hungary to Crete, and from the Adriatic to Istanbul. We will start in the medieval period and take the story up until the twentieth century.
Sample reading list:
N. Malcolm, Bosnia: A Short History
M. Mazower, The Balkans: A Short History
M. Mazower, Salonica,City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews 1430-1
A. Karakasidou, Fields of Wheat, Hills of Blood: Passages to Nationhood in G
Approximately 150 pages of reading, divided into 2/3 secondary source, 1/3 primary source material. One short paper; one term paper; one or two presentations. Themes covered: social organization, pre-national politics, imperialism, cultural and economic elite, and the Ottoman heritage. Readings will include both primary sources (literary texts, travelers' accounts, official documents, etc.) and secondary works (history, anthropology, comparative politics, international relations).
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 25%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Freshmen Only 4
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