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Nektaria Klapaki
JSIS A 364
Seattle Campus

Modern Greece: 1821 to the Present

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.

Class description

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 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.

Recommended preparation

None

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Nektaria Klapaki
Date: 09/23/2013