HIS f362g • Balkan History since 1453
Balkan History Since 1453 is a lecture and discussion course which provides a broad overview of developments in Southeastern Europe from the Ottoman conquest to the fall of Communism. We will explore and analyze the place of the Balkans in the longevity and decline of the Ottoman polity with an emphasis on Muslim non-Muslim relations and the rise of nationalism in the late Ottoman period. The course will provide a cursory look at the tumultuous interwar and World War II periods and then give a more in depth look into the developments in the Communist period in Bulgaria, Albania, Yugoslavia and Romania as well as post-war developments in Greece (Turkey will be examined only through WW II). We will end the course with an investigation of the fall of Communism in the Balkans and the disintegration of Yugoslavia.
You will have a choice between two 8-10 page writing assignments and a 15-20 page research paper on an approved topic (25-30 page research paper and a short oral presentation required for graduate students). There will also be an in-class mid-term and final examination. Grades are based on the following: Class participation(10%), Paper(s) (40%), Midterm (20%), Final (30%).
Jelavich, Barbara. History of the Balkans: Eighteenth, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. (two volumes). Todorov, Tzvetan, Voices from the Gulag: Life and Death in Communist Bulgaria. Andric, Ivo. Bridge on the Drina.