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LEWIS Mark A. - History of the Balkans (20h)

This 20-hour course is an introductory survey of the modern history of the Balkan Peninsula. This region of southeastern Europe includes what is now Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Greece, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, and Kosovo (whose status as an independent state is not recognized by all European Union states). No prior knowledge of the region is assumed. The course will provide an overview of the peoples in the region, including their religions and household structures; an introduction to national movements to achieve independence from the Ottoman and Habsburg Empires in the 19th century; the origins and course of World War I; fascism and genocide during World War II; and the implementation and effects of state socialism from 1945-1989. We will conclude by learning about four major types of post-communist transformation, including a “changing of the guard” in Bulgaria, a semi-peaceful transition in Albania, a violent revolution in Romania, and a series of civil wars in the former Yugoslavia, leading to that state’s breakup. // ECTS Card

Professor: Mark A. LEWIS