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Spring 2014-2015
* NES 406 (HA)   No Pass/D/Fail

The Great War in the Middle East

Michael A. Reynolds

World War I changed - and ended - the lives of millions. Its impact upon the Middle East is widely acknowledged but not often explored. The war destroyed the old imperial Ottoman order, paving the way to the elimination of the Caliphate and the emergence of nation-states across the Middle East and the Caucasus. It fundamentally altered concepts of identity, patterns of authority, notions of religion, and ethnic and political borders. This seminar examines the Great War in the Middle East from right before WWI through the immediate post-war period. Topics include geopolitics, empire, Pan-Islam, nationalism, ethnic conflict, Zionism, and oil.

Sample reading list:
Charles Townshend, Desert Hell: The British Invasion of Mesopotamia
Priya Satiya, Spies in Arabia
Michael A. Reynolds, Shattering Empires
Suny, Naimark, and Gocek, eds, A Question of Genocide
Daniel Neep, Occupying Syria under the French Mandate
Hew Strachm, The First World War

Reading/Writing assignments:
Up to 200 pages of reading per week. Periodic map quizzes (15%); short essay questions (20%); final paper (40%).

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Final Exam - 40%
Quizzes - 15%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40811 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Jones Hall   113   Enrolled:5 Limit:15