by Steven W. Sowards

Table of contents / complete list of the lectures

TOPIC 1: Defining the "Balkans:" An other Europe
Lecture No. 1: Introduction to the course: The geography and ethnic geography of the Balkans to 1500
Lecture No. 2: "Asia begins at the Landstrasse:" Comparing Eastern European and European histories

TOPIC 2: The "Old Regimes" in the Balkans before 1790
Lecture No. 3: The principles of Ottoman rule in the Balkans
Lecture No. 4: Hungary and the limits of Habsburg authority

TOPIC 3: The earliest national revolutions, 1804-1830
Lecture No. 5: The Serbian Revolution and the Serbian state
Lecture No. 6: The Greek Revolution and the Greek state

TOPIC 4: The Revolution of 1848 and its legacy
Lecture No. 7: Nationalism in Hungary, 1848-1867
Lecture No. 8: National revival in Romania, 1848-1866

TOPIC 5: The impact of the wider world: Economic, social, political
Lecture No. 9: Economic and social changes in Balkan life
Lecture No. 10: The Great Powers and the "Eastern Question"

TOPIC 6: The failure of change from above: Reform in Macedonia and Bosnia-Hercegovina
Lecture No. 11: Macedonia and the failure of Ottoman reforms
Lecture No. 12: Bosnia-Hercegovina and the failure of reform in Austria-Hungary

TOPIC 7: Balkan nationalisms: Serbia and Greece
Lecture No. 13: Serbian nationalism from the "Nacertanije" to the Yugoslav Kingdom
Lecture No. 15: The Balkan causes of World War I
Lecture No. 16: The legacies of 1917 and 1919

TOPIC 9: Limitations of Western models in the interwar period
Lecture No. 17: Nation without a state: The Balkan Jews
Lecture No. 18: Balkan politics drifts to the Right

TOPIC 10: Balkan politics during World War II
Lecture No. 19: The traditional regimes and the challenge of Nazism: Collaboration vs. resistance
Lecture No. 20: The traditional regimes and the challenge of Communism: Patriotism vs. opportunism

TOPIC 11: The coming of the Cold War
Lecture No. 21: Forging the Iron Curtain in the Balkans, 1944-1956

TOPIC 12: The Balkans in the age of bi-polar politics
Lecture No. 22: Balkan politics in the Cold War years
Lecture No. 23: Social and economic change in the Balkans

TOPIC 13: Explaining the revolutions of the 1980s
Lecture No. 24: The failure of Balkan Communism and the causes of the Revolutions of 1989
Lecture No. 25: The Yugoslav civil war

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