The modern history of the Balkans: Between Europe, Russia and the Ottoman Empire /Turkey

Course Dates: 29/09/22 - 27/10/22
Time: 19:45 - 21:15
Location: Online
To many, the Balkans seems to be either a violent and incomprehensible region or a bunch of cheap holiday destinations. Focusing on the period from the early 19th century until today, this five-session course looks beyond simplifying narratives of deep ethnic hatred and tourist imaginaries, exploring instead the national and regional dynamics in the context of the location at the overlapping European, Russian and Ottoman/Turkish spheres of influence.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HEH18

Thu, eve, 29 Sep - 27 Oct '22

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
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?

Other courses in European and World history. Please see the City Lit website.

Martin Jorgensen

Martin Ottovay Jorgensen is a historian by education (BA, MA and PhD in Denmark and Belgium). Overall, his research focuses on how forms of international cooperation were new international undertakings but also reflected deeper imperial practices that lingered on long after decolonization in various ways. As a university teacher, he has taught courses on world and global history; imperial and colonial history; the history of international organisations; peace and conflict; global issues and international relations as well as how memory is an active dimension in community-building, society, politics, international relations, conflict as well as corporate branding. Perhaps more importantly, Martin sees the active promotion of robust historical thinking as both a democratic practice of vital importance to the maintenance and continued strengthening of democracy and thus society as a whole. At City Lit, Martin combines these interests with his learner-centric approach that aims to both promote history as a socially relevant way of thinking and give each class and course a horizon beyond itself.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.