The Emergence of the Modern Middle East

History 100M.001

Fall 2016
Section: 
001
Instructor: 
Location: 
182 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
TTh 8-930
CCN: 
16400
Units: 
4

This course will be a general survey of the history of the Ottoman Empire (1300-1922), out of which emerged the Modern Middle East and Balkans. Known in its heyday as the empire "of three continents and five seas," the Ottoman Empire was home to Christians, Muslims, and Jews, speakers of Arabic, Turkish, Greek, Slavic languages, Armenian, and Ladino. We will look at the ways this empire was similar to and different from its neighboring states in Europe as well as Asia, and at the multiple changes and transformations that allowed a single dynasty, that of Osman, to rule the Eastern Mediterranean for six centuries. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the land and peoples that became known as the "Middle East" in the 20th century.