Carol G Thomas
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.
This course explores the history of Modern Greece from its status in the Ottoman Empire through its successful revolution from that Empire to the Present. Five issues will provide the focus of developments: creation of a teritorial state, the role of outside power, building an infrastructure, monarchy vs. participatory government, regionalism vs. centralization.
Student learning goals
1. understanding of the tools of research
2. ability to question existing evidence
3. knowledge of the basic chronology
4. appreciation of the pattern of international developments and realization of relation to other contemporary cultures
5. sense of importance of the past, long history of Greece
6. gaining an understanding of modern Greek identity
General method of instruction
Lecture by the instructor and specialists in particular major areas of modern Greek history as well as discussion with class meetings.
Interest in history, preferable some formal historical study at the college/university level. An interest in the nature and role of Greece in the modern period.
Class assignments and grading
There are two exams – a mid term and a final, each 20% of the grade. Throughout the quarter, students will keep a weekly log of the status of the five major issues. A copy will be given to me at the first meeting in the week following the period discussed the previous week: 30%. Each student will read an account of an individual to sense the context of his/her period through the eyes of one experiencing that period of time. A paper of approximately five pages will describe the individual and his/her age: 20%.
Exams: understanding of the basic issues, developments in the defining the nature of Greece. The mid-term will treat the earlier period of modern Greek, the final the later period. Log and Papers: timely completion of the assignment, clarity of the analytical discussion presented in the writing.