HIS 350L • Ethnic Conflict in Balkans-W
This undergraduate seminar will explore the historical roots and contemporary consequences of ethnic conflict and coexistence in the Balkans from the Ottoman period through the recent wars in Bosnia and Kosovo. The course will outline the long history of ethnic coexistence in the region while giving in depth analyses of particular loci of ethnic conflict, namely the Serbo-Croat, Serbian-Albanian relationships. Other ethnic relationships, such as the Bulgarian-Muslim, and Greek-Turkish, will also get some coverage, but the focus will be on the situation in the Balkans since the fall of Communism. In addition to class readings students will be asked to cull information from the internet relating to current developments in the region in question.
Grades will be based on participation and weekly review papers. You will be expected to write 12 short papers in the course of the semester. A brief oral presentation on a book of your choice will be required in the last two weeks of class. The grade breakdown in the following: Class participation (30%), Papers (60%), Presentation (10%).
Robert Donia and John Fine. Bosnia and Hercegovina: A Tradition Betrayed. Noel Malcolm. Kosovo: A Short History. Jasmina Tesanovic. The Diary of a Political Idiot: Normal Life in Belgrade. Florence Levinson. Belgrade among the Serbs.