This seminar offers students an introduction to the political history of South-East Europe since 1908. Although the seminar is mainly concerned with a region of Europe, the approach proposed will emphasise an international and comparative dimension that sees developments taking place in South-East Europe as inherently linked to those taking place not only at European but also at Global level. From a thematic point of view, the main focus of the seminar will be the changing relationship between nation and state during the 20th century. The syllabus will tackle this core problem of modern politics by offering a chronological approach to seven crucial themes that will be each developed over a two week period. The first week will focus on the general conceptual and theoretical problems, while the second one will focus on the specific consequences for South-East Europe. The themes are: the old European order until 1914, the First World War and the changing of borders in Europe, the inter-war period: Fascism, Liberalism and Communism, the Second World War, competing versions of modernity during the Cold War, the revolutions of 1989 and war in South-East Europe and finally, the new world order and the process of European integration.
Mazower, Mark Dark Continent: Europe´s Twentieth Century (London, 1998)
Mazower, Mark The Balkans: From the end of Byzantium to the present day (London, 2000)