• Balkans History Syllabus

    Author(s):
    Edin Hajdarpasic (see profile)
    Date:
    2023
    Subject(s):
    History
    Item Type:
    Syllabus
    Tag(s):
    Balkans
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/w6ne-0r19
    Abstract:
    This survey course explores the diverse histories of the region known as the Balkans. What makes the Balkans distinctive from, and similar to, other parts of the world? What insights can we glean by delving into the diverse historical experiences in this region? Covering southeast European areas once ruled by the Habsburg, Venetian, and Ottoman Empires, the course explores the following themes: the rise and fall of empires; nationalism and nation-formation; Communism and post-socialist transformations; and legacies of war and organized violence. Since it covers histories of several states (e.g. the Yugoslav states, Bulgaria, Albania, etc), the course complements student interests in international relations, anthropology, sociology, political science, and related disciplines. We will pursue the above themes through different sources, which include films, fictional stories, and primary documents that remind us of critical questions: Of what use is the past? What pasts are thrust into the spotlight and what remain in the shadows?
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