Modern Middle East History
This course begins where History 248 ends, with an exploration of the early Ottoman Empire as a European and Middle Eastern/West Asian state. It then turns to the transformation of this state in the context of European imperialism. Finally, it examines the construction of post-Ottoman borders, mandates, and nation states. The first half of the term will focus on the period between 1299 and the First World War. The second half will be devoted to twentieth and twenty-first century case studies. Although our framework of inquiry will be political and legal history boradly conceived, we will read a variety of sources-including religious texts, philosophy, literature, and travelogues-to help us understand the modern history of the region.