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Theodore G. Antikas
HSTEU 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 JSIS A 364.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

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


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 Theodore G. Antikas
Date: 10/12/2007