Fall 2018 - HIST 359 D100

Constructing the Nation State in Greece, the Balkans, and the Mediterranean (4)

Class Number: 5190

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    RCB 7101, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 11, 2018
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 5016, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units.



Investigates the construction of nation states in Greece, the Balkans and the Mediterranean with a focus on the ideas of the Nation and the Nation State. Examines specific cases such as Greece, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and the development of Israel. Students with credit for HS 359 may not take HIST 359 for further credit.


The aim of this course is to offer a comprehensive introduction on state development in the Balkans (Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia/Yugoslavia) and Italy. During the course we will examine, in a comparative framework, the trajectory of the national question in the Balkans and Italy in the long 19th Century and the discourses on nationalism as articulated in the region.

The first part will be devoted to the examination of national revolutions that occurred in the Mediterranean: such as the Serbian of 1804, the Greek of 1821, the Italian Risorgimento and the Bulgarian uprising of 1876. Among others things, we will examine similarities among these distinct national projects and differences in order to follow their trajectory and the various approaches to the idea of nation that developed in the area. We will follow this process of state development and national formation until the outbreak of WWI.

The second part will focus on the interwar years and the Second World War by providing an understanding of the following issues: the rise of totalitarianism, the outbreak of political violence and the ruptures caused by the Second World War. We will see here how these phenomena interacted with the nation and nationalism in the areas under study

Finally, in the last part we will discuss the post war period and particularly the impact of the Cold War upon the national units of the Balkans and the Mediterranean. We will do this by comparing the countries that were incorporated into the communist block (Bulgaria and Yugoslavia) with the ones that were not (Greece, Italy) and considering their distinct trajectories. We will conclude with the Yugoslav Wars of succession and the relations of these states with the ever expanding European Union in the 1990s.


  • Class Participation 25%
  • Book review 20%
  • Midterm 20%
  • Final Exam 35%



This course does not have any required texts.

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