HIST 207
The Modern Middle East Spring 2010
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
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This survey course addresses the main economic, religious, political and cultural trends in the modern Middle East. Topics to be covered include the cultural diversity of the Middle East, 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 a variety of individuals in the region and especially how they have grappled differently with increasing Western political and economic domination. This course is part of the Exploring Diversity Initiative because it compares the differences and similarities between different cultures and societies in the Middle East and the various ways they have responded to one another in the past.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 40
Expected: 30-40
Class#: 3099
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on participation, short papers, quizzes, group project and final exam
Prerequisites: none; open to all
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Attributes: HIST Group E Electives - Middle East
INST Middle Eastern Studies Electives
JWST Elective Courses

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