The Modern Middle East- Session D (Jul 8- Aug 16)

History 109C

Summer 2013
Second 6 Week Session
Day & Time: 
MTuWTh 2-4P

History 109C examines some of the major developments in the history of the modern Middle East, from the late 18th century, through the breakup of the Ottoman Empire and the formation of modern nation states, to the present. Though the geographical focus is on the Arab Middle East, we will also look at neighboring areas (Turkey, Israel, Iran) in order to offer a broader perspective. Major themes will include: the creation of a new state system and the growth of state power, the emergence of national consciousness, the relationship between religion, politics, and culture, the impact of the oil industry, the role of outside powers, and recent developments connected to the “Arab Spring.”


Geoffrey Hamm completed his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. His research focused on the relationships between European imperial interests and local political developments in the Middle East from the late 19th century until 1918, and on the resulting campaign in the Middle East during the First World War from 1914-1918. He has published in the Journal for Strategic Studies, and has work forthcoming in the International Journal, and in Intelligence and National Security.

Course Books

State, Power, and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East by Owen, Roger Routledge. ISBN: 9780415297141 Required
The Modern Middle East by Kamrava, Mehran UC Press. ISBN: 9780520267756 Required
Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World by Said, Edward Vintage. ISBN: 9780679758907 Required