What is the course about?
The history of the Balkans from the early 19th century to the present day.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
The course will explore the modern history of the Balkans over five sessions. The first session will serve as an introduction, outlining the emergence of nationalism under the Ottomans. The second will focus on the period from the late 19th century to the outbreak of the First Second War, examining both the nationalist wars and the formation of the ‘first’ Yugoslavia. The third session will then delve into the regional dynamics during the Second World War and the Cold War. The fourth session focuses on the disintegration of Yugoslavia and the initial impacts of the latest wars to ravage the region. The last session explores the deeper impacts of the collapse of Yugoslavia and how the region looks to the future.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Taking this course will strengthen your understanding of the modern history of the Balkans as part of a broader history and enable you to look beyond simplistic narratives, debates and news.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is ‘introductory’ and does not require previous studies on the topic. However, curiosity and a willingness to discuss will help both your learning and class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course does not require work outside class although you might find it useful to explore the media landscape alongside the classes. Typically, the classes will be a combination of teacher presentation, brief individual or team exercises, and, most importantly, group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might find a notebook or electronic device useful for notes. A folder for handouts might also be handy.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please see the City Lit website: www.citylit.ac.uk for further courses in the contemporary history and politics section.