History | NATIONALISM IN BALKANS: 1804-1923
D525 | 2973 | Bucur
11:15A-12:30P TR BH146
Topic: Path to Emancipation
Above section meets with HIST D325
This course deals with the emergence of the national states in the
Balkans out of the confrontation of three powers in the area: the
Ottoman Empire, the Habsburg Empire, and the Russian Empire.
Nationalism developed in this area inspired by similar movements in
Western Europe during the same period, but with very different
outcomes for the peoples of the Balkans. We will follow how in the
process of struggling for reform, the Ottoman Empire gradually
disintegrated. We will see how Russia and the other Great Powers
become entangled in the internal politics of the Ottoman Empire and
helped its demise. We will especially investigate how the Albanians,
Bulgarians, Greeks, Romanians, and Serbians were "bit" by the
nationalism bug and began a struggle for independence from the
Ottomans. In the process, the political, cultural, social, and
economic landscape of the Balkans changed from a virtually pre-modern
to a modern one. These developments provide a solid basis for
understanding how nationalism in this area has evolved in the 20th
century, up to this date.
The course will include one midterm examination (20%), a final
examination (30%), a paper (15%), and several in-class discussion and
writing assignments (35%). The textbook is Charles and Barbara
Jelavich, The Establishment of the Balkan National State, 1804-1920.
We will also have a small reading package and read one novel, The
Bridge on the River Drina, by Ivo Andric.