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Mary Neuburger, Chair BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Spring 2008


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46171 MWF
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
WEL 3.402
: Kostadin Grozev

Course Description

This course will explore the present-day realities in the Balkans through a dual but interactive perspective - that of the Cold War legacy and the expansion of the European Union. The course will outline the major political, social and cultural trends in the area of the last two decades, presenting the current background of the Balkan countries as a result of the painful transition and reconstruction after 1989. The lecture and discussion in class as well as personal and group assignments will focus on the shattered ethnic, religious and regional identities in the context of the end of the Cold War; the challenges of first NATO and then EU expansion that reached the region exactly in this period, and the resulting consequences over emerging issues of international diplomacy linked with transatlantic cooperation and the new geopolitical considerations of the 21st century.

Grading Policy

1) Class participation: 5 % 2) Country profile: 10% 2)E-mail and other class assignments: 60 % (news digest:15%, commentary essay:15%, book review: 15%, group presentation: 15%) 3) Individual final paper on an issue to be determined in the second half of the course: 25% Grades will be based on attendance and participation, 1 or 2 country profiles by the students, 2-3 email assignments (news-digests, commentaries, book review) on current events in the area, participation in a group presentation and a final assignment.


Milada Vachudova, Europe Undivided: Democracy, Leverage and Integration after Communism Iain King, Whit Mason, Peace at Any Price: How the World Failed Kosovo (Crisis in World Politics) J.F. Brown, The Grooves of Change: Eastern Europe at the Turn of the Millenium Joseph Rothschild, Nancy Meriwether Wingfiled, Return to Diversity: A Political History of East Central Europe since World War II Elizabeth Pond, Endgame in the Balkans: Regime Change, European Style Laura Silber, Death of Yugoslavia


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