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SyllabusSSEESGS61: Politics of Southeast Europe Since 1990
SSEES-UCL 2011-2012, Term 2Instructor: Dr Eric GordyOffice hours:Tuesdays 3-5 PM, Room 323, 16 Taviton Street
Course description
The seminar examines politics in the states of Southeast Europe since the demise of Communistregimes in the region. Particular attention will be given to the wars of Yugoslav succession andthe regimes that participated in them. Topics may also include, but are not limited to:international administrations in Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina, international and domesticinitiatives to promote political and institutional reform, war crimes and transitional justice,organised crime and corruption, Processes of EU accession and conditionality, and initiatives forreconciliation and regional cooperation. A major emphasis of the material is on the relation ofpolitical change to economic and social factors.Much of the emphasis of the seminar will be on using analyses from history, sociology,anthropology and political science to understand ongoing phenomena and new developments inthe region, not all of which can be anticipated at the beginning of the term. In that spirit,students are expected to maintain an awareness of events in the region, both by following newsmedia and by their own explorations of the literature. In that sense, the required reading maybe thought of only as a sampling, and students will be expected to read more broadly. For thesame reasons, readings may be changed as the course progresses.
Course objectives:
By the end of the course, students will have gained knowledge and understanding allowing themto:1.Evaluate policies both in the region and directed toward the region of Southeast Europe2.Analyse contemporary issues and controversies involving Southeast Europe3.Apply theoretical models from social science to understanding developments in SoutheastEurope4.Address scholarly controversies involving the wars of Yugoslav succession in the 1990s,the regimes that participated in them, their causes and consequencesAlong the way, it is also expected that students will develop their skills in working withacademic literature, in developing critical assessments of research, and in organising andpresenting their work in an engaging manner.
Teaching and learning methods
There will be a two-hour session each week. The course leader will briefly introduce the themesfor the week, and the rest of the time will be devoted to discussion in seminar format. Thereading load is generally heavy – this seminar offers material that is both empirically intensiveand theoretically complex, with the goal of preparing seminar members for future research. It isabsolutely essential that seminar members remain current with the readings. All readings shouldbe available through the SSEES library and most are also available in electronic format at theseminar’s online home at the UCL Moodle site. The online site is also the general source forrecent documents and announcements.
 Assessment
Assessment will be 100% by assessed medium length essay (4000-5000 words). Essay topics shouldbe chosen from the weekly topics listed in the syllabus. Students should consult with the courseleader if they wish to refine their essay topics.
 
Course ScheduleWeek 1:9 January
Organisational meeting and introduction to the seminar 
There is no required reading for Week 1
Week 2:16 January
Nationalist-authoritarian regimes and cultural and political resistance
Suggested topics: How were opposition and resistance controlled by the regimes of the 1990s?How can the importance of cultural resistance be assessed? What factors contributed to anddetracted from the appeal of anti-regime and anti-war movements?Key readings
Ana Dević, “Anti-war initiatives and the un-making of civic identities in the formerYugoslav republics,”
 Journal of historical sociology,
10:2 (1997), pp. 127-156
Eric Gordy, “The destruction of information alternatives” and “The destruction ofmusical alternatives,” Chapters 3 and 4 of Gordy,
The culture of power in Serbia
(Pennsylvania State UP, 1999),
 
pp. 61-164Additional reading
Catherine Baker,
Sounds of the borderland: Popular music, war and nationalism inCroatia
(Ashgate, 2010)
Bojan Bilić, “A concept that is everything and nothing: Why not to study (post-) Yugoslavanti-war and pacifist contention from a civil society perspective.”
Sociologija
LIII(3)(2011): 297-322
Stef Jansen,
 
"The streets of Beograd: urban space and protest identities inSerbia."
Political Geography 
20(1)(2000): 35-55
Vukašin Pavlović and James Seroka (eds),
The tragedy of Yugoslavia: The failure of democratic transformation
(ME Sharpe, 1992)
Paul Stubbs,
The ZaMir (for peace) network: From transnational social movement toCroatian NGO.
In A Jones and M Cross (eds),
Internet identities in Europe
(Sheffield:Escus 2004): 70-84
Week 3:23 January
National homogenisation and violence in Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina and Serbia
Suggested topics: How did mobilisation of ethnic hatred operate on the ground? What forcescreated the conditions that made ethnic violence possible? What conditions were created byethnic violence that laid a framework for the development of post-conflict institutions?Key Readings
Anthony Oberschall, “The manipulation of ethnicity: from ethnic cooperation to violenceand war in Yugoslavia,”
Ethnic and racial studies,
23:6 (2002), pp. 982-2001.
Aleksandra Milićević, "Joining the war: Masculism, nationalism and war participation inthe Balkans war of secession, 1991-1995",
Nationalities papers,
34:3 (2006), pp. 265-287.
Peter Andreas,
Blue helmets and black markets: The business of survival in the seige of Sarajevo
(Cornell UP, 2008), Chapters 3, 4 and 6.Additional reading
Daniel Chirot and Clark McCauley,
Why not kill them all?: The logic and prevention of mass political murder 
(Princeton UP, 2006)
Joel Halpern and David Kideckel (eds),
Neighbors at war: Anthropological perspectiveson Yugoslav ethnicity, culture and history 
(Penn State UP, 2000)
Norman Naimark,
Fires of hatred: Ethnic cleansing in twentieth century Europe
(Harvard
 
UP, 2002)
Ervin Staub,
The roots of evil: The origins of genocide and other group violence
(Cambridge UP, 1992)
Benjamin Valentino,
Final solutions: Mass killing and genocide in the twentieth century 
(Cornell UP, 2005)
Week 4:30 January
International intervention, motivations and consequences
Suggested topics: What conceptions and understandings have contributed to the type andstructure of international intervention? What local forces gain the greatest and least benefitfrom international intervention? In what fields is it useful to look at international intervention ashaving unintended or unforeseen consequences?Key Readings
Keith Brown,
Evaluating US Democracy Promotion in the Balkans: Ironies, Inconsistenciesand Unexamined Influences
(NCEER, 2009).
Keith Brown,
Do We Know How Yet?: Insider Perspectives on International democracy  promotion in the Balkans
(NCEER, 2009).
David Chandler,
Bosnia: Faking democracy after Dayton
(Pluto, 2000), chapters tba.
Paula Pickering,
Peacebuilding in the Balkans: The View from the Ground Floor.
Ithaca,NY: Cornell University Press, 2007, chapters tba.Additional reading
Sunil Bastian and Robin Luckham (eds),
Can democracy be designed?: The politics of institutional choice in conflict-torn societies
(Zed Books, 2003)
Isa Blumi, “
 
Negotiating Globalization: The Challenges of International InterventionThrough the Eyes of Albanian Muslims, 1850-2003.” Occasional Lecture Series, UCLACenter for European and Eurasian Studies, UCLA International Institute, UC Los Angeles.2003,http://escholarship.org/uc/item/9cr2d26t
Vesna Bojičić-Dželilović, “From humanitarianism to reconstruction: Towards analternative approach to economic and social recovery from war”, in M Kaldor (ed),
Global Insecurity 
(Continuum, 2000), pp. 95-119
Stanley Hoffman (ed),
The Ethics and politics of humanitarian intervention
(Notre Dame,1995)
Žarko Papić (ed),
International support policies to Southeast European countries:Lessons (not) learned in Bosnia-Herzegovina
(OSI BH, 2002)
Week 5:6 February
Experiments in international administration
Suggested topics: What structures have international intervention contributed to a) creating, b)undermining, and c) maintaining? Is it possible to determine a point at which internationaladministrations can reduce or terminate their presence? What consequences does internationaloversight have on the conduct of domestic politics in states that are subject to internationaladministration?Key Readings
David Chandler (ed.),
Peace without politics?: Ten years of international state-buildingin Bosnia
(Routledge, 2006), chapters by V Pupavac, F Bieber and R Caplan.
Florian Bieber,
Postwar Bosnia: Ethnicity, inequality and public sector governance
(Palgrave, 2005), selections tba
Azra Hromadžić, “I want, I can, I have connections!: Immoral democratization and anti-citizenship in Bosnia and Herzegovina.” Chapter 8, most certainly, of something.

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