Learn about the history of the Middle East for a deeper understanding of current regional developments! This course will discuss the developments in the Middle East from the early 20th century to the present.
It will discuss the rise and retreat of Arab nationalism, the problems of internal cohesion of the Arab states, issues of religion and state, and the evolution of Islamist politics. It will also focus on the evolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict and its impact on the region and will conclude with an in depth analysis of the “Arab Spring” by placing these contemporary revolutionary events in their historical context.
We do strongly recommend that you register for Part One of this course -The Emergence of the Modern Middle East - Part I. Taking both Parts would enable you to obtain a fuller and more comprehensive picture of the Modern Middle East.
This course will discuss the emergence of the modern Middle East from the fall of the Ottoman Empire, at the end of the First World War to the present. It will discuss the Ottoman legacy in the region and the Western imperial impact on the creation of the Arab state system.
Covers core knowledge of nineteenth-century European impact; 20th-century Western influences; World Wars I & II; new nations; social & cultural changes (1900-1960); & the Middle East through the 20th century.