HIST 327

The Politics of Identity in Central, Eastern, and Mediterranean Europe

Prerequisite: GOVT 109, GOVT 122, HIST 143, or HIST 144. UK Prime Minister Tony Blair once described Yugoslavia as a land of “butchery” and “barbarism.” This has been a common popular and intellectual perception for centuries. This course, using case studies of the modern Balkans and Mediterranean, with a particular focus on the former Yugoslavia, examines the intersection of identity, ethnicity, and politics. It critically examines the rise of nationalism, which challenged centuries older regional, local, dynastic, and religious identities. We explore how politicized identities coopted and warped aspects of other identities, which ultimately sparked resistance and violence, leaving legacies of division and mistrust that plague the region today. Offered every third year. V.1, V.7

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