School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: H-235 Semester: 1st
Course Title: History of the Ottoman Empire, 1300-1839
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: yes, after consultation with the professor
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    Learning outcomes: With the successful completion of the course, students will
    • acquire new knowledge about the political, social and economic developments in the Ottoman realm, thus getting a better understanding of the Greek and European history
    • familiarize themselves with the academic bibliography on the history of the Ottoman Empire and of the peoples under its rule
    • learn to recognize and understand the complex nexus of factors behind historical change in the late medieval and early modern times, especially as concerns Ottoman societies.

    General Competences: 
    Knowledge, understanding and critical review of
    • historical developments in governance, society, economy and ideas
    • social and cultural developments and mentality shifts that shaped the modern world
    • uses of the past in the present
    • Greek history within its broader contexts.
    Production of free, creative and inductive thinking.

    (3) SYLLABUS

    1. Concepts, terms, historiography
    From the Roman to the Ottoman empire
    2. Byzantium and the Turks
    3. The Ottoman conquest
    Ottoman Empire and Europe
    4. Politics and ideology
    5. Exchanges and communication
    Institutions and governance
    6. Social and political order
    7. The sultan and his servants
    8. Center and provinces
    9. Town and countryside
    10. Religious institutions
    Transformations of the empire
    11. Crisis and change
    12. The consolidation of an “ancien régime”
    13. Revolution and reform


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Use of multimedia in teaching, course support through e-class, electronic communication with students
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures 39
    study of multimedia material 8
    study and analysis of bibliography 78
    Course total: 125
    Student performance evaluation: written evaluation in Greek, consisting of:
    a) multiple choice questionnaire (30%)
    b) short-answer questions (30%)
    c) open-ended questions (40%)


    Suggested bibliography:

    1. Goffman, Daniel, Η Οθωμανική Αυτοκρατορία και η πρώιμη νεότερη Ευρώπη: μια νέα προσέγγιση, μτφρ. Σ. Αγάπιος, Αθήνα: Ενάλιος, 2007.
    2. İnalcık, Halil, Η Οθωμανική Αυτοκρατορία: η κλασική εποχή, 1300-1600, μτφρ. Μ. Κοκολάκης, Αθήνα: Αλεξάνδρεια, 1995.
    3. İnalcık, Halil και Donald Quataert (επιμ.), Οικονομική και κοινωνική ιστορία της Οθωμανικής Αυτοκρατορίας, τ. Β΄: 1600-1914, μτφρ. Μ. Δημητριάδου, Αθήνα: Αλεξάνδρεια, 2011.
    4. Lowry, Heath, Η φύση του πρώιμου οθωμανικού κράτους, μτφρ. Σ. Παπαγεωργίου, Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Παπαζήση, 2004.
    5. Παπασταματίου, Δημήτρης & Φωκίων Κοτζαγεώργης, Ιστορία του νέου ελληνισμού κατά τη διάρκεια της οθωμανικής πολιτικής κυριαρχίας, Αθήνα: ΣΕΑΒ, 2015.
    6. Quataert, Donald, Η Οθωμανική Αυτοκρατορία: οι τελευταίοι αιώνες 1700-1922, μτφρ. Μ. Σαρηγιάννης, Αθήνα: Αλεξάνδρεια, 2006.
    7. Ζαχαριάδου, Ελισάβετ, Δέκα τουρκικά έγγραφα για την Μεγάλη Εκκλησία (1483-1567), Αθήνα: ΙΒΕ/ΕΙΕ, 1996.
    8. Ζαχαριάδου, Ελισάβετ, Ιστορία και θρύλοι των παλαιών σουλτάνων (1300-1400), Αθήνα: ΜΙΕΤ, 1991.
    9. Zürcher, Erik J., Σύγχρονη ιστορία της Τουρκίας, μτφρ. Β. Κεχριώτης, Αθήνα: Αλεξάνδρεια, 2004.