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Mass Violence and Population Transfers in 20th century

At first, students are introduced to the concepts of conflict, violence, interstate wars, civil wars, genocides, ethnic cleansing, and revolutions. Specific case studies, such as the Armenian Genocide, the Al Naqba and the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Holocaust, and the break-up of Yugoslavia will be examined. Subsequently, the course will focus on the impact of these tragic events in the shaping of current political affairs in the Eastern Medeterranean  and Black Sea region. How are deep, divisive conflicts remembered after they have ended? What is their influence in current politics? How can reconciliation emerge and under what conditions? What is the role of the colonial forces in the violent past of this region and what are the responsibilities of local elites in preserving such rivalries?

Learning outcomes
Upon completing the course the students will have gained:

  • know the basic theoretical and analytical concepts of the study of violence and conflict
  • be in a position to research the interaction between people and the surrounding area of the specific region and specific eras
  • be familiar with the geographic, demographic and historical consequences of the genocidal conflicts and ethnic cleansing of the Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean. area during the modern  period and be able to use this knowledge to explain the current status of these regions.