HIS 306N • 5-Int Mid East: Adj/Chg Mod Tm
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
This survey course is an introduction to the history, politics, and societies of the modern Middle East. Beginning with general background on the region in the premodern period, it reviews the major transformations of the last two centuries, with a focus on the domestic, regional and international forces that have shaped Middle Eastern realities during the twentieth century. The lectures and readings cover both the specific developments in the various Middle Eastern countries and broader regional issues, including the nature of regimes, the economic and demographic conditions, the Islamic political movements, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the politics of oil, and the role of the United States in the region. The events of September 11 and their aftermath have highlighted the importance of an informed understanding of these broader issues. Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.