Fall 2016 - HS 280 D100

War in the Balkans and the Making of the 21st Century (3)

Class Number: 7524

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    WMC 2507, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 9, 2016
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    AQ 5018, Burnaby



Provides an overview of the second World War as a backdrop to the dramatic changes in Greece and South Eastern Europe. Students with credit for HS 280 may not take IS 280 for further credit.


The Refugee Crisis, one of the defining events of the 21st century, has its origins in the Syrian Civil War. That war influencing the Balkans is not a new development, as it has played a pivotal role in shaping the political, cultural, and structural dynamics of the region for much of modern history. Many of the legacies of today, in fact, are the result of the conflicts of the past century. This course, therefore, provides an overview of military developments in the 20th century Balkan history as a backdrop to the dramatic changes in Greece and South Eastern Europe in the 21st century. The lectures will examine the construction and development of these states, and the role that warfare had in their creation. Topics will include: How does one define irregular war? What role does warfare have in state formation? What role have nonstate entities, such as guerrillas, had in constructing states in the region? What role has warfare had in creating specific cultural and social dynamics in the region? Answering these and other related questions will not only be of use for those seeking to increase their awareness of the Balkans and contemporary events, but also those who seek to expand their understanding of international relations as a whole


  • In-Class Quizzes 20%
  • Class Participation 20%
  • Midterm 30%
  • Take-Home Final Exam 30%


HS 280 is cross-listed with IS 280 and you may take this course under the HS designation or the IS designation.



All required readings will be provided on Canvas.


Beckett, Ian. Modern Insurgencies and Counter-Insurgencies: Guerrillas and their Opponents since 1750. London: Routledge, 2001.

Glenny, Misha. The Balkans: Nationalism, War, and the Great Powers, 1804-2012. Toronto: Anansi, 2012.

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