Fall 2017 - HS 364 D100

Traveller, Diplomatic, and Media Narratives in Greece, the Balkans and the Mediterranean (4)

Class Number: 7519

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    WMC 2200, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

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 HIST 364 may not take HS 364 for further credit.

COURSE DETAILS:

This course examines the accounts of foreign travellers and correspondents of the region in question from the early Grand Tour to Greece and the Holy Land to the present. 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 famed individuals, diplomatic accounts, and even modern media output from journalists to movies. This course, in so doing, will not only provide students with an understanding of the historical development of the Balkans and Mediterranean, but help them contextualize contemporary issues in the region, such as the Greek government-debt crisis and the European migrant crisis.

Grading

  • Class participation 15%
  • Paper proposal 20%
  • Book review paper and presentation 25%
  • Final paper 40%

NOTES:

HS 364 is cross-listed with HIST 364. Students may take this course under either the HS or HIST course designation.

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

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

RECOMMENDED READING:

Leften Stavrianos: The Balkans Since 1453

David Abulafia: The Great Sea

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