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 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. The class draws on interdisciplinary methodologies and it places Modern Greek history within the context of nationalism. Topics include: Greek national consciousness, Greek War of Independence, emergence 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, the current Greek debt crisis.
Student learning goals
Students will study the key events of modern Greek history
Students will familiarize themselves the most important markers of Modern Greek identity
Students will get the chance to situate modern Greek history within a European context
Critical analysis of primary sources
Improvement of students' writing skills
General method of instruction
Lecture and discussion.
Class assignments and grading