Globalization, Politics and Diplomacy in the 21st Century
The course will explore the ways the new nation-states that emerged after the disintegration of the former Soviet Union in the Black Sea region in a wider sense have constructed and consolidated their statehoods and national identities. How did the post-Soviet border conflicts shape new identities and memories? In what ways could traditional bazaars coexist with the introduction of the market? Could old-fashioned religious identities relate to new cosmopolitan or global communities? Can tourism reconstruct the ancient Silk Roads? The course will examine these questions in a comparative approach examining each week particular case studies from the region of the eastern Mediterranean.
Upon completing the course the students will have gained: