If you have a real interest in the Middle East or
Eastern Europe, you should take this course.
Itâ€™s an odd course in that it covers many centuries, but it is
intended for serious students. Some lectures can
feel a bit superficial as they speed through large chunks of
time. Professor Philliou balances that with a reading list full of journal
articles and excerpts from advanced monographs, as well
as some interesting primary source readings.
She is at her best when responding to questions during
lectureâ€”and there were a lot of good questions from
advanced undergraduates and grad students. Thatâ€™s when
she can slow down and go into depth for a few minutes, and
you see that she is smart, really knows the scholarship in her
field, and has a lively intellect and gentle sense
It would be better if she could split this course into
two semesters, but until then, grab it when it comes
around next time. Itâ€™s a good solid course.