History of the Balkans: Administrative and Financial Mechanisms in the Balkans (15th - 20th cent.)


Course Title

History of the Balkans: Administrative and Financial Mechanisms in the Balkans (15th-20th cent.)

Course Code


Type of course

Elective Mandatory, 3 hours/week, theory

Course Level




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Learning Outcomes

Knowledge of the history of the Balkan people during the Modern Era, the political movements, the establishment of nation-states, bureaucratic mechanism of the Ottoman Empire but also the Age of Nationalism, the administrative change of the national states, the revolutionary movements and the financial realities.

Comprehension of the methodological tools and documents of modern and contemporary history, from the administration documents to the recording of simple statements in order to achieve the approach of the historical period.

Application of all the methodological tools in order to approach the relevant archives so the voices of the past can be heard without the necessary intervention of the present narratives.

Analysis of the part of the historical resources in approaching the past and the conduction of the relevant material for the approach of the cognitive goal.

Combination of the individual and often confliction of narratives for a specific matter so the influences of nationalism can emerge for the approach of the past.

Evaluation of the data that provide the documents so an interpretative offering can be given to approach and understand the historic time and the after-national narration.

Teaching Approach

Interpersonal – Interactive presentation with the support of supervisory means, like maps and archive documents.

Prerequisite Courses in the Curriculum

Perspectives in the Study of Greek Traditional Music I-III
History and Civilizations
History of the Greek State Institutions
Historical Documentation and Music Research
Methodology of Research
New Hellenism: Political History, Ideology and Legislation

Course Content

The Enlightenment Movement and its effect in SE Europe. The financial structures of the Ottoman Empire – Reformations. The term “Balkans”. The Balkans in the Age of Nationalism.

Recommended Bibliography

Ασδραχάς, Σπύρος Ι. (επιμ.), Η οικονομική δομή των βαλκανικών χωρών στα χρόνια της οθωμανικής κυριαρχίας ιε΄-ιθ΄ αι., Μέλισσα, Αθήνα 1979

Goldsworthy Vesna, Ruritania, Ανακαλύπτοντας τα Βαλκάνια, University Studio Press, Θεσσαλονίκη 2004

Mazower Marc, Τα Βαλκάνια, Πατάκης, Αθήνα 2002

Pavlowitch Stevan K., Ιστορία των Βαλκανίων, 1804-1945, Βάνιας, Θεσαλονίκη 2005

Todorova Maria, Βαλκάνια, η δυτική φαντασίωση, Παρατηρητής, Θεσσαλονίκη 2000

Καστελλάν Ζωρζ, Η Ιστορία των Βαλκανίων (14ος-20ός αι.), Γκοβόστης, Αθήνα χ.χ.

Σφέτας Σπυρίδων, Εισαγωγή στη Βαλκανική ιστορία Ι. Από την οθωμανική κατάκτηση των Βαλκανίων μέχρι τον Πρώτο Παγκόσμιο πόλεμο (1354-1918), Βάνιας, Θεσσαλονίκη 2009

Σφέτας Σπυρίδων, Εισαγωγή στη Βαλκανική ιστορία ΙΙ. Από τον Μεσοπόλεμο στη λήξη του Ψυχρού Πολέμου (1919-1989), Βάνιας, Θεσσαλονίκη 2011

Σταυριανός Λευτέρης Σ., Τα Βαλκάνια μετά το 1453, Βάνιας, Θεσσαλονίκη 2007

Learning Exercises

Ability to study and analyze texts at home.

Teaching Methods

The course is based on a tripartite teaching, with the presentation, the students’ discussion and editing of the historical sources given in class.

Criteria and Methods of Evaluation

Written examinations at the end of the semester. The ability to understand the studied matters with scalable difficulties is evaluated having as a role-model the equivalent trimester examination of the American universities.

Teaching Language