CS: History of the Balkans: 1804-1923

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This course will lead you through the political entanglements, Great Power conflicts, social particularities and rich cultural life that worked together to transform the peoples of the Balkan peninsula from subjects of the Ottoman Empire to independent countries and participants in European affairs. During the nineteenth century the developments in this area were both dynamic and traumatic for the inhabitants of these lands and tell a different story about modern European history than that told from the French, British, or German perspectives. This course will focus on these differences important for understanding not only Balkan, but also European history at large, and even wider developments, such as the origins of WWI.