The course aims to provide a less ideological knowledge of the Balkan contemporary history and reality, placing this area in the context of international politics, in the conflicts that characterised the Twentieth century, and in the so-called globalization.
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Introduction: The Balkans and the European Turkey; Geography, people, economy and society; The Great Powers, the Balkans e the national awakening; The end of the Ottoman power and the nation building and state building; The new century, its development and the consequences on the South-east Europe: The Balkan Wars: the end of the Risorgimento phase and the start of a new political vision: nationalism and imperialism; The World War One and its consequences; Peace, war and the Balkans in the New Europe; New Borders, new states and new people also? The interwar years the first massive modernization in the Balkans; A new ruler: the Third Reich; crisis and war; The establishment of a communist rule in the Balkan countries: the birth of a new world? Between Stalin ad Tito; The Seventieth and the eighties: stabilization and stagnation; the fall of the communist regimes and the hard transition.

Core Documentation

6 CFU Program:
Egidio Ivetic, I Balcani dopo i Balcani. Eredità e identità, Roma, Salerno editrice, 2015
Oliver Jens Schmitt, I Balcani nel Novecento. Una storia postimperiale, Bologna, il Mulino, 2021

Students enrolled in the previous system (8 CFU exam) are invited to contact the professor to arrange supplementary readings.

Reference Bibliography

There are no further compulsory study texts for students. Numerous optional bibliographic indications regarding the course topics will be provided to attending students during class and reception hours.

Type of delivery of the course

Lectures with the active participation of students in discussions about the topics of the course.


Attendance is strongly recommended but it is not mandatory.

Type of evaluation

Oral examination, composed of various questions, to evaluate the assimilation of the course's content. The assessment will take into account the knowledge of the course topics, the clarity of presentation and the critical skills of the students.