School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Postgraduate
Course code: CHC-2 Semester: 1st
Course Title: Ruptures in Macro- and Microhistory: The Byzantine world after 1204
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
3 10
Course type: Specialised general knowledge Skills development
Prerequisite courses: All first semester courses
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: Νο
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    Learning outcomes: The learning outcomes aim at familiarizing the students through the subject of the seminar with the political, social and cultural context of the historical ruptures and changes. Main objectives of the seminar are the problematization of the relations between the past and the present and the critique of schematic genealogical approaches or periodizations of the historical time. Moreover students become acquainted with analytical categories and research tools of the historiography. They familiarize themselves with the techniques of both the bibliographical research and the writing of a historical essay thus enriching their knowledge and developing their analytical and synthetic skills.

    General Competences: 
    Search for, analysis and synthesis of data and information, with the use of the necessary technology.
    Working independently.
    Criticism and self-criticism.
    Production of free, creative and inductive thinking.

    (3) SYLLABUS

    The fall of Constantinople in 1204 was a deep rupture in the history of the Byzantine world. Main features of the post-1204 period were the political fragmentation, the emergence of new systems for the distribution of power, a redeployment of the economic networks and the western colonization mainly in the southern Balkans and the Aegean. During the seminar these changes will be analyzed until the middle of the 15th century. Special emphasis will be given to the historiographical discussions about the social and economic changes, the discourses on identity and otherness and the processes through which new political entities came into being.
    Moreover 1204 was experienced by members of the byzantine elite as a “liminal” event that created the need for new narratives both of a lost past and of the present which redefined the horizons of expectations of their readers. At the level of microhistory the personal choices, strategies and worldviews of some intellectuals, emperors and patriarchs of the time will be explored.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Use of ICT in teaching and communication with students
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Seminars 39
    Study and analysis of bibliography 146
    Essay writing 90
    Course total: 275
    Student performance evaluation: Public presentation
    Essay / report
    Written work


    Suggested bibliography:

    D. Angelov, Imperial Ideology and Political Thought in Byzantium, 1204-1330, Cambridge 2007.
    M. Angold, A Byzantine Government in Exile: Government and Society under the Laskarids of Nicaea (1204-1261), Oxford 1974.
    M. Angold, Η τέταρτη σταυροφορία, μτφ. Α.Ν.Κονδύλης, Αθήνα 2006.
    J. Herrin – G. Saint-Guillain, επιμ., Identities and Allegiances in the Eastern Mediterranean after 1204, Farnham 2011.
    Τ. Κιουσοπούλου, Οι αόρατες βυζαντινές πόλεις στον ελλαδικό χώρο (13ος – 15ος αι.), Αθήνα 2013.
    Α. Ε. Λαΐου – C. Morrisson, Η Βυζαντινή Οικονομία, μτφ. Δ.Κυρίτσης, Αθήνα 2011.
    D. Nicol, Το Δεσποτάτο της Ηπείρου (1267-1479), Αθήνα 1991.
    G. Page, Being Byzantine. Greek Identity before the Ottomans, Cambridge 2008.
    T. Shawcross, The Chronicle of Morea. Historiography in Crusader Greece, Oxford 2009.

    Related academic journalsy:

    Βυζαντινά Σύμμεικτα
    Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies
    Byzantinische Zeitschrift
    Dumbarton Oaks Papers
    Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik
    Revue des Études Byzantines