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Vjeran I. Pavlakovic
SISRE 490
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Topics vary.

Class description

Some of the key themes will include the creation of the first Yugoslavia, the tragedy of the Second World War and its significance for subsequent events, nationalism, the wars in Croatia and Bosnia, the war in Kosovo, and recent events in the region. The goal of this course is not to present the “definitive” version of events, but to approach the complexities of Yugoslav history from several different perspectives.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

“Readings on Yugoslavia: Twice There Was a Country” will examine the creation and destruction of the Yugoslav state in the Twentieth Century through a variety of books, historical monographs, and articles. Although lectures will cover the chronological narrative, the emphasis of the course will be on the discussion of the selected texts, and how historians from the West and from the various Yugoslav peoples have interpreted the turbulent history of this region. Selections from travel literature, novels, and Yugoslav films will also be analyzed to see how the concept of Yugoslavia was legitimated by the regime, challenged by nationalists, and imagined by outsiders.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Readings will include John Lampe, Yugoslavia as History; Jasminka Udovicki (ed.), Burn this House; Brian Hall, The Impossible Country; Philip Cohen, Serbia’s Secret War; reading packet

Assignments will include two short book reviews and a research paper.

Attendance and participation, including oral presentations (20%) Two short book reviews (15% each) Research paper (50%)


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 Jacob A. Kaltenbach
Date: 10/30/2001