Spring 2016 - HIST 364 D100
Traveller, Diplomatic, and Media Narratives in Greece, the Balkans and the Mediterranean (4)
Class Number: 7653
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 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.
- Class Participation 15%
- Paper Proposal 20%
- Book Review Paper and Presentation 25%
- Final Paper 40%
Mediterranean Travels: Writing Self and Other from the Ancient World to Contemporary Society by Patrick Crowley, Noreen Humble, and Silvia Ross.
Most of the required readings can be found on lore.com under the title of this class.
Leften Stavrianos: The Balkans Since 1453
David Abulafia: The Great Sea
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