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James R Felak
HSTEU 453
Seattle Campus

History of the Balkans, 1400 to the Present

Centuries of Ottoman rule that produced a new basis for the reemergence of independent states in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; history of these new states until the present.

Class description

The history of the Balkan peninsula and its peoples from the time of the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453 to the present. The focus will be chiefly on the modern period, and on the issues of nationalism and communism.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Some acquaintance with modern European history.

Class assignments and grading

A midterm, a final examination, and a 10 page research paper on a topic of the studentís choice, approved by the instructor.

Required Reading

Barbara Jelavich, History of the Balkans, Vols. 1 and 2 Ivo Andric, The Bridge of the Dring

Grading Percentages

Midterm Exam 30% 10 page paper 30% Final Exam 30% Discussion 10%


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 Edmund K. Kamai
Date: 11/24/1999