Theodore G. Antikas
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 JSIS A 364.
The four major periods in modern Greek history, namely 1770-1821: years of the Ottoman Empire; 1821-1843: war of independence, liberation, first presidency, and monarchic rule; 1844-1909: constitutional monarchy, political reform, expansion, revival of the Olympic Games; and 1909-04: Balcan Wars and liberation of the North of Greece; World Wars I & II; the Asia Minor Catastrophe; German occupation and resistance; Liberation and post-war role of Greece in the Balkans and the European Union.
Student learning goals
The effects of a long Ottoman (muslim) occupation to a nation that is in danger to lose its identity. Greece is a good example
The important role of "homogeneity" (same language, same religion, same tradition) in preserving a nation's identity--and freedom
The important role of "ancient history", its philosophies, ideals, ethics, art, science, etc, in the development of a modern nation
General method of instruction
Lectures, powerpoints, films, debates, on-line notes
No prior knowledge of Greek geography or language. Essential use of PC, essay writing, studying of recommended and optional books/papers, active participation in class
Class assignments and grading
10 review papers (6 p. ea.), midterm and final exams; preparation/participation in debates
Midterm+Finals: 700 pts; Review papers: 200 pts; debates: 100 pts