Koç University

International Summer School



HIST 207: Modern History: Cengiz Kırlı

Chief themes and events in modern history, roughly since 1848. Industrialization, the American Civil War, start of true `globalization? The spread of westernization, the rivalries of the Great Powers, World War I. The spread of Americanization, the rise of Communism, the Russian Revolution; the peace-treaties of the period 1919-1923 (Versailles to Lausanne).

HIST 215: Modern European History: Nadir Özbek

A general introduction to European history in the 19th and 20th centuries. Analyzes the emergence of nation-states and new ideologies in Europe. Also discuses political, economic and social changes in Europe.

HIST 245: History of Istanbul: Nina Ergin

This course will examine the multi-layered history of Istanbul, focusing primarily on the built environment. In a chronological fashion, the course will explore changes and continuities in the urban space in relation to the city's political, social and economic history, from the Byzantine imperial capital to its transformation into an Ottoman city, and from an Ottoman into a modern city in the Late Ottoman and Republican periods. Within the chronological framework, the course will give a thematic overview over fortifications, imperial palaces, mosques, churches, synagogues, modest neighborhoods, commercial centers, and spaces for civic ritual and entertainment.

HIST/ARHA 350: History of Byzantium and Constantinople from Severus to the end of Heraclius' reign: Kutlu Akalın

Focusing on the birth and development of Byzantium and Constantinople until the end of Heraclius' reign (641). Political and social history as well as art history. This is going to be an intensive historical survey of the city of Byzantium/Constantinople. The students will be introduced to the rich source-material through extended primary-source readings. At least two sight-seeing trips will be conducted. The political narration will be blended into the social and cultural history of the period.

HIST 352: From Community to Nation: Interethnic Relations in Mediterrenean: Alexis Rappas

Ethnic strife and national rivalry are still plaguing the Eastern Mediterranean. This course will trace the origins of interethnic conflict in the region. We will examine how religious communities (Christians, Moslems and Jews) which had coexisted for centuries became mutually exclusive "nations". We will pay special attention to the combined influence of Western European colonialism, local nationalisms and the transformation and eventual disintegration of the Ottoman Empire.

HIST/ARHA 351: Byzantıum And The Ottomans: Savas Kyriakis

This course introduces students to the relations between the Byzantines and the Ottomans. Students will read not only modern books, but also primary written sources. There will also be visual presentations to show how other material types of primary sources - such as archaeology and epigraphy - can tell us about the defense of the Byzantines against the Ottomans as well as the changes that occurred in the territories captured by the Ottomans. The format of the course is a combination of lectures, discussions, and visual presentations based upon the themes and sources.