HIST 207(F) The Modern Middle East*

This survey course addresses the main economic, religious, political and cultural trends in the modern Middle East. Topics to be covered include the relations with Great Powers, the impact of imperialism, the challenge of modernity, the creation of nation states and nationalist ideologies, the discovery of oil, radical religious groups, and war and peace. Throughout the course these significant changes will be evaluated in light of their impact on the lives of individuals in the region and especially how they grapple with increasing Western political and economic domination. Format: discussion/lecture. Evaluation will be based on class participation, short papers, quizzes, media journal, group projects, and final exam. No prerequisites. No enrollment limit (expected: 20-40). Open to all. Group C