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57012-01 - Proseminar: War and Peace in Russo-Ottoman Relations 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2020
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Özhan Kapici (oezhan.kapici@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt This course aims to analyze Russo-Ottoman relations within the scope of global history from the beginning of the eighteenth up to the twentieth century. The main themes to be discussed during the proseminar include:

- Russia in Ottoman historiography and Ottoman studies in Tsarist Russia
- The first diplomatic contacts and beginning of the permanent diplomacy
- The Russo-Ottoman wars of the eighteenth century and the fate of frontier peoples
- Rapprochements between the Ottoman Empire and Russia in the balance of powers.
- Military diplomacy and intelligence networks between Russia and the Ottoman Empire
- The security of the Black Sea during the nineteenth century
- “The Grand strategy” in practice: The Russo-Ottoman wars of the nineteenth century
- The role of Islam within Russian ideology and Pan-Slavism
- “Demographic warfare” in Eurasia: Emigrations and deportations of populations
- The circulation of ideologies: Russian Nihilists, Anarchists and Socialists in Ottoman Empire - Russo-Ottoman relations in the age of autocracy (late 19th-early 20th centuries)
- From the Autocracy to the Constitution: Russia and the Ottoman Empire in liberal times
- The Ottoman view of the “Fatherland”: Central Asia in the modern Ottoman mind
Lernziele By the end of this course students will
- identify the general characteristics of Eurasian politics in the 18th and 19th centuries
- analyze the geopolitical, strategic, and diplomatic aspects of the Ottoman-Russian rivalry, evaluating these relations within their global context
- explain the historical geography of Russo-Ottoman wars and compare the Russian and Ottoman armies from the point of view of Eurasian military history
Literatur An extensive list of required and recommended readings will be made available in the first course session. A representative sample includes:
Adrian Brisku, Political Reform in the Ottoman and Russian Empires: A Comparative Approach, Bloomsbury Academic, 2017.
Akdes Nimet Kurat, Türkiye ve Rusya, Ankara 2011.
Brian L. Davies, Empire and Military Revolution in Eastern Europe: Russia’s Turkish Wars in the Eighteenth Century, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013.
Brian L. Davies, The Russo-Turkish War, 1768-1774: Catherine II and the Ottoman Empire, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016.
Candan Badem, The Ottoman Crimean War (1853-1856), Leiden: Brill, 2010.
Denis Vovchenko, Containing Balkan Nationalism: Imperial Russia and Ottoman Christians, 1856-1914, Oxford University Press, 2016.
Derek Hopwood, The Russian Presence in Syria and Palestine 1843-1914, The Clarendon Press, 1969.
John P. LeDonne, The Grand Strategy of the Russian Empire, 1650-1831, Oxford University Press, 2003.
Michael A. Reynolds, Shattering Empires: The Clash and Collapse of the Ottoman and Russian Empires, 1908-1918, Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Viktor Taki, Tsar and Sultan: Russian Encounters with the Ottoman Empire, I.B.Tauris, 2016.
W.E.D.Allen-Paul Muratoff, Caucasian Battlefields: A History of the Wars on the Turco-Caucasian Border, 1828-1921, Cambridge University Press, 1953.
W.H.McNeill, Europe’s Steppe Frontiers, 1500-1800, Chicago University Press, 1964.
Will Smiley, From Slaves to Prisoners of War: The Ottoman Empire, Russia and International Law, Oxford University Press, 2018.


Teilnahmebedingungen Familiar with reading texts in English
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: erforderlich.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall unregelmässig
Datum 28.02.2020 – 22.05.2020
Zeit Siehe Detailangaben
Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 28.02.2020 14.15-17.30 Uhr Maiengasse, Seminarraum U113
Freitag 13.03.2020 14.15-17.30 Uhr Maiengasse, Seminarraum U113
Freitag 27.03.2020 14.15-17.30 Uhr Maiengasse, Seminarraum U113
Freitag 03.04.2020 14.15-17.30 Uhr Maiengasse, Seminarraum U113
Freitag 24.04.2020 14.15-17.30 Uhr Maiengasse, Seminarraum U113
Freitag 08.05.2020 14.15-17.30 Uhr Maiengasse, Seminarraum U113
Freitag 22.05.2020 14.15-17.30 Uhr Maiengasse, Seminarraum U113
Module Modul: Gesellschaft in Osteuropa (Bachelor Studiengang Osteuropa-Studien)
Modul: Gesellschaft in Osteuropa (Bachelor Studienfach Osteuropäische Kulturen)
Modul: Themen der Nahoststudien (Bachelor Studienfach Nahoststudien)
Wahlbereich Bachelor Geschichte: Empfehlungen (Bachelor Studienfach Geschichte)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Nahost-Studien