Politics and society of Greece from War of Independence to the present. Emergence and development of the Greek state; Greece in the world wars; civil war and post-war politics; military dictatorship; transition to democracy; recent developments. No prior study of Greece assumed. Offered: jointly with HSTEU 364.
The class traces the most significant events that shaped Modern Greek history and society from 1821 to the present, and it shows how they impacted the construction of Modern Greek identity. Topics include: Greek national consciousness, Greek War of Independence, role of the Great Powers, emergence and development of the Greek nation-state, 'Megali Idea', Greece in the world wars, Greek Civil War and post-war politics, military dictatorship and transition to democracy, Greece's entry to the European Union, recent developments.
Student learning goals
Acquaintance with the history of Modern Greece
Knowledge of the most important markers of Modern Greek identity
Improvement of students' writing skills
Critical analysis of primary sources
General method of instruction
Lecture and discussion
Class assignments and grading
Two short writing assignments, a midterm paper and a final exam.