Courses: Modern Mediterranean History (HISTH117B01)

Spring 2013

This course examines the ways the countries & peoples of the Mediterranean region - Southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East responded the main events & trends in the C19th-20th: The French revolution, the industrial revolution, nationalism, imperialism, fascism, the two world wars, the Cold War, anti-colonialism. The Mediterranean lies between Europe, Africa and Asia geographically but also in a normative sense, representing a region whose historical trajectory echoed that of the developed West but also the colonized, less developed East. Its study, therefore, enables students to understand the main historical trends in the modern era on a global scale. This course also introduces students to the ways historians analyze and explain social change over time. It focuses on how historians assess the role of specific causes e.g. agency or structure, economic or political causes or the role of individuals. Finally, this course models the ways historians research and read primary sources, especially diplomatic reports, documentaries, memoirs, newspaper articles and public speeches. Main Readings: FANON, Frantz. A Dying Colonialism; GOLDSCHMIDT, Arthur. Modern Egypt: the Formation of a Nation State; GRAHAM, Helen. The Spanish Civil War: A Very Short Introduction; HOWELL, Martha & PREVENIER, Walter From Reliable Sources: An Introduction to Historical Methods; SANTORE, John. Modern Naples: A Documentary History, 1799-1999.

Syllabus: View course syllabus

Prerequisites: None

Fulfills: SO III

Meeting Times

TTh 1:00-2:30