HSEM103 Power and Society: the Ottoman Model


• The course aims at presenting the most important characteristics and the specificities of the Ottoman pattern of interrelations between society and power with a special focus on its manifestations in the Balkan provinces of the Empire. It will therefore give a wide overview of the social structure and of social life in Ottoman Rumelia (South-Eastern Europe) and examine the concrete functioning of the main Ottoman institutions in the region from the late 14th to the early 20th century.

• The course will follow the evolution of the Ottoman ruling model and institutions through the centuries in close connection also with the changes in the Ottoman-European relations in the economic, political, diplomatic and cultural fields.

• The problems of continuity and discontinuity in power – society relations and of the Ottoman legacy in South-Eastern Europe in this field in its contemporary dimensions will be also discussed.

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Southeast European Studies (in English)


Assoc. Prof. Svetla Yaneva, PhD

Course Description:


• The students are acquainted with the most relevant literature and research in the field, with the different approaches to the concrete topics discussed in the course and with the current historiographical debates on the character and on the functioning of the Ottoman institutions and society in the 15th – 19th centuries, with a special focus on the Balkans.

• The students improve their abilities of analysis and interpretation of primary and secondary sources as well as their individual written and oral performances. The course contributes also to the further building of their skills of team work and of discussion.
• English language proficiency

• Background in Humanities or related field

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Essay, test, seminar, discussion. The final grade is based on participation in the seminar and in the discussion, on the presentation of an essay, and on the results of the test.