UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


SEESGS60 Empires, Nationalism and Communism: States and Societies of South-Eastern Europe (Not running 2015/16) 

UCL Credit Value: 15

ECTS Value: 7.5

Term 1

Module Coordinator: Dr Eric Gordy
Weekly Contact Hours: 2.0 
Prerequisites: None

Summative Assessment

3000 word coursework (100%)

Formative Assessment


Module Outline

This seminar traces the development of national states in Southeast Europe from the late period of the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires to the period of decline of Communist regimes. While the material is drawn from a variety of perspectives the emphases are on political sociology and social history. We will seek to understand how nationalist ideologies developed and gained support in the region, the influence of imperial policies on later developments, and the experiences of states before and after the Second World War. Special attention will be paid to the role of national and ethnic politics in the political and social lives of the Southeast European states. While close attention will be paid to the states that comprised Yugoslavia, the material attempts to draw accounts of the entire region underdiscussion.

Please note: This outline is accurate at the time of publication. Minor amendments may be made prior to the start of the academic year.