Special Topics--Conflict in Yugoslavia
Instructor: John I. Brooks III, Ph.D.

Term: Fall 1997 Times: TR 2:30-3:45 Location: Adm 403 Credits: 3

Objectives and Expectations

Schedule of Readings | Assignments

Objectives: This course will examine the historical roots of the recent wars in the former Yugoslavia. The peoples of the Balkans have a long and complex history at the intersection of West European, East European, and Islamic cultures. The history of this area has contributed to the recent conflict in two related yet distinct ways. First, history has constituted the various ethnic groups, giving them their language, religion, political institutions, and customs. But precisely because the history of this area is so long and complex, ethnic groups and the relationships among them have changed over time. In their current conflict, different groups pick and choose among different times to find those that justify and glorify them. In other words, they use history as much as they are shaped by it. Understanding the history of the former Yugoslavia can help students understand more about the current conflict there and about the ways in which ethnic identity is defined. At the end of this course, students should have the following knowledge and skills:

Required Texts (Available at the Bookstore):


Late Work, Rewrites: All work for this course must be turned in on the announced dates. Late work will be penalized one letter grade unless you have a good excuse, and no assignments will be accepted more than one week late. You may rewrite up to three (3) exercises. Rewrites are due one week after I return the original assignment.

Attendance is required. I will take attendance each day, and poor attendance (more than 4 absences) can hurt your grade. Being late twice counts as one absence.

Preparation: You should complete assigned readings before class. If you have questions about the readings, you should write them down and ask me to explain during class. You should take notes on the readings and on class lectures. I reserve the right to give unannounced quizzes to test whether students are doing the readings.

Participation: You are at Teikyo Loretto Heights in part to learn English and in part to receive an American-style education. For these reasons, I will ask you questions in class, and I encourage you to ask me questions. Students who participate by asking questions and contributing to discussions will be rewarded. One way to do this is to write down a question before class and ask me the question during class, as mentioned above under "Preparation."

Academic Honesty: There are two kinds of assignment in this class—individual and group. I expect you to do individual assignments by yourself. You may not copy from other students, and you may not let other students copy your work. For group assignments, I expect you to contribute to the group. If you do not, you are getting credit for work you did not do.

For all assignments, you should use quotations and ideas from written sources to support what you say in written assignments. If you quote or use specific information from a text, you must state where you found it—that is, you must CITE YOUR SOURCES. Failure to follow these rules is academic dishonesty. I penalize academic honesty as follows: for the first offense, you must rewrite the assignment; for the second offense, you get an F (0) for the assignment, with no opportunity to rewrite; THE THIRD TIME, YOU FAIL THE COURSE.

Incompletes: I give an incomplete only if a student is unable for good reasons to complete a small portion of the assignments for a course. Good reasons include illness or accident; generally speaking, too much work in other courses is not a good reason. I will not give an incomplete simply because a student is afraid of getting a low grade.

Schedule of Class Meetings and Reading Assignments Objectives | Assignments

Week Topic: Readings (other assignments)

Date Topic Reading
Aug 25-29 Introduction: How many Macedonians are there in Macedonia? Defining Ethnic Identity Eller, "Ethnicity, Culture, and ‘The Past’"
Sep 1-5 Land and People—The Physical and Ethnic Geography of Yugoslavia Lampe 9-14
  The Medieval Heritage—Christianity and Feudal Kingdoms Lampe 14-20
Sep 8-12 The Ottoman and Hapsburg Conquests Lampe 14-38; "Memoirs of a Janissary," "The Serb Privilege of 1691" (Readings)
Sep 15-19 The Decline of Empires and the Rise of Nationalism Lampe ch. 2; Proclamation of the First Slavic Congress, 1848; Manifesto of the Prince of Serbia, 1877; The Treaty of Berlin, 1878; Denunciation of the Treaty of Berlin by Austria, 1908 (Readings)
Sep 22-26 World War I and the Emergence of Independent Yugoslavia Lampe ch. 3-4; The Pact of Corfu (Readings)
Sep 29-Oct 3 Yugoslavia Between World War I and II Lampe ch. 5-6
Oct 6-10 World War II in Yugoslavia Lampe ch. 7; Djilas, "A Montenegrin Conversion to Communism" (Readings)
Oct 13-17 Midterm Assessment  
Oct 20-24 Communist Yugoslavia Lampe ch. 8-9; Declaration by the National Liberation Committee of Yugoslavia, August 1944 (Readings)
Oct 27-31 The Crisis of the 1980s and the Rise of Ethnic Nationalism Lampe ch. 10; "Serbian Nationalism" (Readings)
Nov 3-7 The Collapse of Yugoslavia Lampe ch. 12
Nov 10-14 War in Bosnia Eller
Nov 17-21 International Efforts to End the War Eller 
Nov 24-28 Conference on Peace in the Former Yugoslavia  
Nov 28: Thanksgiving—No Class   
Dec 1-5 Conference on Peace in the Former Yugoslavia  
Dec 9 Review  

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