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The Making and Unmaking of Yugoslavia

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ClassGraphic Why did Yugoslavia fall apart? Was its violent demise inevitable? Did its people fall victim to the lure of ethno-nationalism? Where do we situate the short life of Yugoslavia in the long history of the twentieth century? How can Yugoslavia deepen our understanding of recent conflict elsewhere in the world? In this study group, we will examine the conditions under which Yugoslavia was created, what held the multinational state together for more than 70 years and why it finally broke apart in violence. Setting aside the stereotype of an isolated region beset by "ancient ethnic hatreds," we will broaden our focus to capture the complexity and scope of forces that shaped Yugoslavia as part of the modern world: empires, great powers, ideologies, economic policies, historical memory, state legitimacy, ethnic cleansing, minority rights, media manipulation, and international peacekeeping. We will rely on two highly regarded texts: historian Noel Malcolm's Bosnia: A Short History (NYU, updated edition 1996) and journalist Tim Judah's The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia (Yale, third edition, 2010). Join us for lively, thoughtful, and probing discussions.

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Mon

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Gigi Miele2.Steve Goldberg 



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Schedule Information

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Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/4/2024 - 6/10/2024 Weekly - Mon 01:15 PM - 03:15 PM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Steve Goldberg  ; Gigi Miele 
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