Fall 2023 History GU4218 section 001

THE BLACK SEA IN HISTORY

Call Number 10383
Day & Time
Location
M 4:10pm-6:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Catherine Evtuhov
Type COLLOQUIA
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description We are used to thinking of history in national terms, or at least in reference to major civilizations (“Western civilization,” “Near Eastern civilization,” etc.). In “real life,” however, interactions among people, linguistic communities, and cultures frequently cut across political divisions. Water - rivers, streams, seas - is often an invitation to settlement, commerce, and conquest. This course offers a look (inspired in part by Fernand Braudel's Mediterranean) at a body of water - the Black Sea - and the lands around it, in sweeping historical perspective. Focus is on those moments when the various civilizations and empires that originated and flourished around the Black Sea met and intersected in friendship or in enmity. We will look at ancient civilizations, Greek colonization, Byzantine-Slav interactions, the period of Ottoman dominance, Russian-Turkish rivalry, and decolonization and wars in the 19th and 20th centuries. We hope that we will be able to pay particular attention to questions of ecology, language, religion, and cultural interaction throughout.
Web Site Vergil
Department History
Enrollment 20 students (20 max) as of 6:07PM Friday, July 12, 2024
Status Full
Subject History
Number GU4218
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Section key 20233HIST4218W001