Summer 2015 - HIST 307 D100

Selected Topics in Hellenic Studies (4)

Class Number: 4427

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 11 – Aug 10, 2015: Thu, 1:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including 9 units of lower division History.



Selected Topics. Students with credit for HS 307 may not take HIST 307 for further credit.


Guerrilla Warfare and State-Building in the Balkans and the Near East 

This course will examine the role of guerrilla warfare and terrorism in constructing the state system in the Balkans and the Near East, with a focus on the modern period. The lectures will examine the construction and development of these states, and the role of terrorist organizations and irregular warfare in their formation. The course, in so doing, will examine important questions for not only the Balkans and the Near East, but as well as the Middle East. Topics will include: How does one define irregular war? How does one make the distinction between a freedom fighter and a terrorist? What is the relationship between states and irregular warfare? What role have non-state entities, such as guerrillas, had in constructing states in the region? Consequently, the course will try to determine the role of irregular warfare in constructing the modern Balkans, the Near East, as well as such ongoing case studies as Kosovo and the Islamic State.

HIST 307 is cross-listed with HS 307 and you may take this course under the HIST designation or the HS designation.


  • Paper Proposal 10%
  • Class Participation 20%
  • Two Book Reviews (15% x 2) 30%
  • Final Paper 40%



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.

These texts are not required, but are useful reference materials.

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