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Spring 2013-2014
* HIS 358 / HLS 358 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

History of the Balkans

Molly Greene

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
A. Karakasidou, Fields of Wheat, Hills of Blood: Passages to Nationhood

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 150 pages of reading, divided into 2/3 secondary source, 1/3 primary source material. One book review and one annotation of a primary source.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 25%
Papers - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
PDF option is not available to History concentrators..

Other information:
Themes covered: Religion, religious conversion, medieval and early modern state formation, Balkan culture and the role of outside powers. Readings will include both primary sources (literary texts, travelers' accounts, official documents, etc.) and secondary works (history, anthropology, comparative politics, international relations).

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42304 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm T Th   East Pyne Building   215   Enrolled:7 Limit:15