This course will lead you through the political entanglements, Great Power conflicts, social particularities and rich cultural life that worked together to transform the peoples of the Balkan peninsula from subjects of the Ottoman Empire to independent countries and participants in European affairs. During the nineteenth century the developments in this area were both dynamic and traumatic for the inhabitants of these lands and tell a different story about modern European history than that told from the French, British, or German perspectives. This course will focus on these differences important for understanding not only Balkan, but also European history at large, and even wider developments, such as the origins of WWI.
There will be two midterm examinations, each worth 15%, a final examination for 40%, a book review (5 pages) for 15%, and a short biography (3 pages) for 15%. Attendance is required, as we will be doing a lot of readings and engage in discussions during class meetings. Lectures will take up only a portion of class time. Every student is entitled to two unmotivated absences, with each additional unmotivated absence lowering your grade by a fraction of a point.
For the bibliographies you will have to select a name from a list I will be handing out in class during the first week, then use 2-3 different sources (one of which cannot be an Encyclopedia entry) to write the paper (3 pp.). Each person will have an assigned time to present his or her bibliography before the entire class and will also hand in the paper at the same time.
You will have to consult with me regarding your selection for the book review. You will have to initiate the search yourself, then finalize the selection with me one week before Thanksgiving (18th November). The papers will be due in class on December 9th. Please consult the Chicago Manual of Style for correct citation and footnote styles.
Charles and Barbara Jelavich, The Establishment of the Balkan National
Ion Rebreanu, Ion.
There will also be a required course packet. You can also find all the readings in the packet at the Media Reserve Desk. We will use the readings in the packet in the class meetings, so please make sure you always bring the selected pages for that day with you.
Weekly Topics (the readings under each date are due for that meeting):
Read: Jelavich: pp. 3-11; readings packet: Warriner, pp. 255-260 and
K. Abu-Jaber article. up to 220 (reforms…)
Read: readings packet: Moutzan, pp. 55-61; Hanimefendi,
Read: Jelavich: pp. 11-25.
Read: Jelavich: pp. 26-37; readings packet: Hobsbawm, ch. 5, "Haiduks."
Read: Jelavich, pp. 38-52; readings packet: Humphreys, 22-26, 33-34;
Macfie, 86-87, 89.
Read: Jelavich, pp. 68-83.
Read: Jelavich, pp. 84-98; readings packet: Giers, pp. 129-35; 138-46;
Read: 99-113; readings packet: Vucinich, pp. 159-64; History of the
Eastern Question, pp. 74-78. Read rest of Abu-Jaber, pp. 220-23
Read: Jelavich, pp. 53-67; readings packet, Ivo Andric, The Snake.
Read: Jelavich, pp. 114-127; readings packet: Warriner, pp. 178-188,
Read: Jelavich, pp. 128-141; readings packet: Dontas, pp.195-200.
Read: Jelavich, pp. 141-157, readings packet: Fadeeff, pp. 80-91; 178-180;
Read: Jelavich, pp. 158-169, 192-96; readings packet: Faedeeff, pp.
Read: Jelavich: 170-178.
Read: Jelavich, pp. 235-61.
Read: Jelavich, pp. 266-83; readings packet: Colombo and Roussanoff,
pp. 76-79; Eminescu, pp. 158-66.
Read: Rebreanu, Ion.
Read: Jelavich: 178-192; readings packet: Macfie, pp. 117-18.
Read: Jelavich, pp. 207-215, readings packet: Vucinich, pp. 164-172.
Read: Jelavich, pp. 215-221.
Read: Jelavich, pp. 222-234; readings packet: Skendi article.
Read: Jelavich, pp. 196-206.
Read: Jelavich, pp. 261-65, pp. 284-297.
Read: Jelavich, pp. 298-319; readings packet: Macfie, pp. 120; 122-24.