International Relations: The Balkans

Course Information
TitleΔιεθνείς Σχέσεις: Βαλκάνια / International Relations: The Balkans
FacultyEconomic and Political Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorVemund Aarbakke
Course ID600016203

Programme of Study: Political History, War and Strategic Studies

Registered students: 8
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses belonging to the selected specializationWinter-10

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The student becomes acquainted with general issues related to Balkan political history from the early 19th century until the present within a comparative framework that takes into consideration general international political developments as well as Balkan particularities.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The modern Balkan states have faces many similar challenges since their foundation. They can consequently be viewed as a subsystem in international relations, and it is difficult to understand many aspects of Greek politics without taking into consideration the framework of the wider geographic region. The common traits are maybe more easily discernable in their early phase of development when they had common challenges related to the introduction of Western European models of government and irredentist foreign policies. During the interwar period Greece tried to consolidate its position, but was faced with the twin challenge of a revisionist Bulgaria and the difficulties related to the rise of authoritarian regimes in Europe. WWII marks another round of challenges to the territorial division of the Balkans that ultimately did not change the prewar status. With the advent of Communism the Balkans were divided within the Cold War framework. The bipolar regime was the overriding structure, but with variations because of the fluctuation in bilateral relations, first of all in the relationship with Turkey. After 1990 we encounter a new attempt to unite the Balkans as a periphery of the EU. In this new climate of cooperation it is important to be aware of the peculiarities of the area and their significance for further developments. Finally, the background and consequences of Yugoslavia’s demise will receive its due attention.
Balkans, nation building, international relations
Educational Material Types
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment401.5
Written assigments311.1
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
1. Panayotis Tsakonas. “Theory and Practice in Greek Foreign Policy” Southeast European and Black Sea Studies Vol. 5, No. 3, September 2005, pp. 427–437. 2. Charles King, Extreme Politics Nationalism, Violence, and the End of Eastern Europe, Oxford University Press. 2010.Chapter 6. The Benefits of Ethnic War: pp. 103-132. 3. Ian Lesser. Greece's New Geopolitics, Santa Monica CA. Rand 2001. 4. L. S. Stavrianos. The Balkans since 1453, New York Rinehart & Company, 1958, Chapter 21, Balkan Crisis and the Treaty of Berlin, pp. 393-412. 5. Alexis Heraclides and Ada Dialla, Humanitarian intervention in the long nineteenth century - Setting the precedent. Manchester University Press 2015, Chapter 9. The Balkan crisis of 1875–78 and Russia: between humanitarianism
and pragmatism , pp. 169-198 6. H. R. Wilkinson, Maps And Politics. Liverpool University Press 1951. Chapter 4, Bulgarians and Greeks, 1870-1878. 7. Raymond Pearson. National Minorities in Eastern Europe 1848–1945, London and Basingstoke, The MacMillan Press Ltd. 1983. Chapter 6. A New Europe? 147-189, 8. Nebojša Vladisavljević, “Does Scholarly Literature on the Breakup of Yugoslavia Travel Well?” in Florian Bieber et. al. (Eds.), Debating the End of Yugoslavia, Franham, Ashgate. 2014. Chapter 5
 pp. 67-80. 9. David Chandler, Bosnia -Faking Democracy After Dayton. London 2000 Second edition. Chapter 3. Power-sharing and multi-ethnic administrations, pp. 66-89. 10. Duško Sekulić , Garth Massey & Randy Hodson (2006) “Ethnic intolerance and ethnic conflict in the dissolution of Yugoslavia” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 29:5, 797-827 11. Vemund Aarbakke. “Die Region Makedonien.” Oliver Jens Schmitt – Michael Metzeltin (Hg.). Das Südosteuropa der Regionen. Wien 2015. Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. pp. 603-639 12. Anna Triandafyllidou. “National identity and the 'other'”, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 1998. 21:4, 593-612
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