Religion and Politics in the Balkans of the 20th Century: the Relations between the Church and the Politics from the Establishment of Yugoslavia (1918

Course Information
TitleΘρησκεία και Πολιτική στα Βαλκάνια του 20ου αι.: το παράδειγμα της Γιουγκοσλαβίας (1918-1990) / Religion and Politics in the Balkans of the 20th Century: the Relations between the Church and the Politics from the Establishment of Yugoslavia (1918
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorAthanasios Athanasiadis
Course ID600015291

Programme of Study: Anamorfōméno PPS Tmīmatos THeologías (2020)

Registered students: 16
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter-3

Class Information
Academic Year2022 – 2023
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
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)
  • Σερβικα (Instruction, Examination)
Required Courses
  • 602 Ecclesiastical Literature of the Slavs
Learning Outcomes
After the course student are able to: a) to know the wider geopolitical and historical environment of the Balkan countries during the 20th century and to form an opinion about the protagonists of political developments. b) understand in depth the historical phenomena that accompany the creation of the Third Yugoslavia in 1990. c) practice their historical crisis through the very events that have characterized the identity of the South Slavic countries in both their independent historical and European course.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course presents the course of the Slavic peoples in the Balkans from the 6th century, their political and cultural evolution to emphasize the events that stigmatized these peoples in modern times, reaching the 20th century. Central political event was the creation of Yugoslavia in 1918 with the establishment of the Kingdom of Serbian Croats and Slovenes and the developments it experienced and eventually disintegrated in 1990. One of the factors that played a significant role in these developments was the religious one. The dominant religious communities are therefore examined: the Serbian Patriarchate, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Croatia and the Muslim Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Particular emphasis is placed on the development of religious-political relations during the period of Broz Tito's socialist regime with both Christian and Muslim leaderships.
Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Yugoslavia, Josif Broz Tito, Patriarchate of Serbia, Archbishopric of Zagreb, Muslim Community of Yugoslavia
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
A projector is used to display power point. Photographic material, maps of the medieval and modern period and digital material in general are some of the topics of the screenings. Recorded documentaries-films of approved radio and television programs (BBC, etc.) and audiovisual material in general are also shown.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment331.3
Student Assessment
Students are assessed on the basis of oral questions that are asked both during their physical presence in teaching and during the scheduled exam time. They must be aware of all the historical, geographical, social and religious conditions set by the subject.
Student Assessment methods
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Αθανάσιος Αθανασιάδης Ο εμφύλιος πόλεμος στη Γιουγκοσλαβία. Πτυχές της ιστορικής και θρησκευτικής του διάστασης. εκδ. Βάνιας, Θεσσαλονίκη 2008 Αθανασιάδης Αθ., Ιδεατά έθνη στα Βαλκάνια, εκδ. Μυγδονία, Θεσσαλονίκη 2018
Additional bibliography for study
Kačavenda P., The Balkans after the Second World War, Beograd, ISI, 1996 Owen D, Balkan Odyssey, Harcourt Brace, 1995 Historija Naroda Jugoslavije Zagreb 1960 Magaš Br Žanić I., Rat u Hrvatskoj i BiH 1991-1995, Zagreb Sarajevo 1999 Bigović R., Crkva i Društvo, Beograd 2000 Bataković D., Nova Istorija Srpskog Naroda, Beograd 2000 Piljević Dj. Jugoslovenska Država 1918-1998, Zbornik radova, ISI, Beograd 1999
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