Thessaloniki, the capital of northern Greece, is an ancient city at the center of some of the most dramatic events in European history, from the barbarian invasions of the post-Roman world to the dismantling of the Iron Curtain in 1989. This course will investigate both the reasons for Thessaloniki’s centrality in European history and the events themselves through the prism of the city. Thessaloniki was torn apart, remade and reinvented several times over as different Balkan national movements, the Great Powers, communists and anti-communists and pro and anti-immigration forces fought to control the city and its destiny.

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