Fall 2017 - HIST 364 D100
Traveller, Diplomatic, and Media Narratives in Greece, the Balkans and the Mediterranean (4)
Class Number: 7092
Delivery Method: In Person
Considers the accounts of foreign travellers and correspondents of the region in question from the early Grand Tour to the present and contrasts these accounts with historical facts and developments. Examines how perceptions regarding the Balkans (or the Mediterranean) were formed as well as their persistence in modern times. Students with credit for HS 364 may not take HIST 364 for further credit.
This course examines the accounts of foreign travelers, diplomats, authors, adventurers, and correspondents in the broader Mediterranean region from ancient times, the early Grand Tour to Italy, Greece and the Holy Land and to the present with a stronger focus to the more recent centuries. It will contrast these accounts with historical facts and developments to highlight insights, misconceptions, and myths regarding the societies of the region. It aims to show how perceptions regarding Greece, the Balkans and the Mediterranean were formed as well as their persistence in modern times. Readings will include the writings of such individuals, diplomatic accounts, and even modern media sources.
- Class Participation 15%
- Reading Responses 15%
- Book Review Paper and Presentation 20%
- First Paper 20%
- Final Paper 30%
Andrew Hamond: Through Another Europe, An Anthology of Travel Writing on the Balkans
John B Allcock and Antonia Young: Black Lambs and Grey Falcons, Women Travelling in the Balkans
Leften Stavrianos: The Balkans Since 1453
David Abulafia: The Great Sea
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