Anything on the Middle East from Afghanistan to Morocco post-1600

History 101.012

Spring 2013
Instructor: 
Location: 
2231 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
MW 2-4
CCN: 
39342
Units: 
5

 

All research topics relating to the modern and early modern history of the region from Morocco to Afghanistan are welcome. The expectation is that you will either
a)    Problematize the region’s encounter with Europe and the US, or
b)   Can do primary research in one of the languages of the region
or a combination of the two; further, that you will attempt a history from the inside out, meaning one that pays some attention to the actual lives, actions and thoughts of the peoples of these regions. The use of one of the European languages in addition to English to conduct primary research is highly encouraged. Interested students should identify a topic and available archival sources, then make an appointment to see me during the Fall semester. At the meeting we will discuss the significance and viability of the topic and sources as well as issues of approach and methodology. I will also suggest secondary readings. The sooner you get started the stronger your thesis will be. The aim is to settle these issues before the semester starts so you can hit the ground running. Please email me (thomas.hill@berkeley.edu) to reserve a time during office hours (W, 9-10:30 & 12:30-2) or to set an appointment. Also, please make sure to read the History 101 Student Manual before you see me. This is available at http://history.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/pictures/101_student_manual.pdf . Other 101 resources are available at http://history.berkeley.edu/resources/101_student_manual . I write and teach on the history, politics, literature and film of the Levant since the 20th century, especially colonial and post-colonial conflicts, the politics of memory across the Middle East and beyond, and the modern and contemporary histories of the Palestinians.

Course Books

America's Kingdom: Mythmaking on the Saudi Oil Frontier by Vitalis, Robert Verso. ISBN: 978-1844673131 Required
Colonizing Egypt (2nd ed.) by Mitchell, Timothy UC Press, 1991. ISBN: 978-0520075689 Required