School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: H-221 Semester: 1st
Course Title: State and Society in Modern Greece (19th – early 20th c.)
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 5
Course type: General Background
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: Νο
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    Learning outcomes: The course offers students extensive and succinct knowledge of the social, political and economic conditions of Greek society throughout the 19th century.
    • Students become familiar with the key historiographical issues and debates on Modern Greek history and are also learn to understand these debates in relation to broader aspects of historical methodology.
    • Students are expected to understand the complicate historical transformations in Modern Greece in a transnational comparative approach by reading and discussing in class the complexity of nation-state formation in the nineteenth century.

    General Competences:  Students are required to study and analyze material from different kinds of sources to develop and pursue research ideas in order to critically understand modern Greek society.
    The course requires individual initiative and efforts for all participant students.
    The course encourages interdisciplinary thinking and uses influences in theory and methodology from different disciplines (history, social anthropology, archaeology)
    Students develop knowledge and sensibilities about the shaping of the Greek nation – state through a transnational comparative approach.

    (3) SYLLABUS

    The course aims to examine the political, social and economic conditions of Greek society from the foundation of Modern Greek state (1832) until the beginning of 20th century. The course addresses various issues such as: the formation of the bureaucratic mechanism and clientelism, political institutions and political parties, national ideology and nationalism, the social stratification of the Modern Greek society and three major reforms that took place in 19th and 20th century relating to the credit system, the redistribution of land and the tax system. The course follows two main axes. On the one hand, a comparative perspective is adopted, according to which Greece is compared with European countries belonging either to the center of the continent or to its periphery. On the other hand, apart from the study of the historical events of the period, attention is also payed to the different historical approaches of them, i.e. to the Greek historiography of the last four decades.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Use of power point and maps. Students have access to the page of the seminar in eclass.
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures 39
    Practice and discussion in class 20
    Autonomous study of bibliography 21
    Preparation for final exams 50
    Final Examination 3
    Course total: 133
    Student performance evaluation: Student evaluation is based on participation in the class and the final exams.


    Suggested bibliography:
    • Αρώνη Καίτη -Τσίχλη, Λύντια Τρίχα (επιμ.), Ο Χαρίλαος Τρικούπης και η εποχή του. Πολιτικές επιδιώξεις και κοινωνικές συνθήκες, εκδ. Παπαζήση, Αθήνα 2000.

    • Δερτιλής Γ.Β. και Κώστας Κωστής (επιμ. – εισαγ.), Θέματα νεοελληνικής ιστορίας, εκδ. Αντ. Σάκκουλα, Αθήνα
    – Κομοτηνή 1991.

    • Δερτιλής Γ., Ιστορία του ελληνικού κράτους 1830-1920, Βιβλιοπωλείο της «Εστίας», Αθήνα ³2005, τ. Α΄και Β΄.

    • Hering Gunnar, Τα πολιτικά κόμματα στην Ελλάδα 1821-1936, ΜΙΕΤ, Αθήνα 2004, τ. Α΄και Β΄.

    • Κωστής Κώστας και Σωκράτης Πετμεζάς (επιμ.), Η ανάπτυξη της ελληνικής οικονομίας τον 19ο αιώνα, εκδ. Αλεξάνδρεια, Αθήνα 2006.

    • Κωστής Κώστας, «Τα κακομαθημένα παιδιά της Ιστορίας»: Η διαμόρφωση του νεοελληνικού κράτους 18ος-210ς αιώνας, Πόλις, Αθήνα 2014.

    • Λιάκος Αντώνης – Έφη Γαζή (επιμ.), Η συγκρότηση του ελληνικού κράτους. Διεθνές πλαίσιο, εξουσία και πολιτική τον 19ο αιώνα, εκδ. Νεφέλη, Αθήνα 2008.