Course Description

This course surveys the history of the Middle East from early twentieth-century to the present. Important topics include the role of colonial powers in the region, the development of modern Middle Eastern societies and nation states, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the impact of the Cold War, the emergence of political Islam, the tension between authoritarian modernization projects and social movements for democracy, and the experiences of ordinary men and women in the region.


Antirequisite: HIS 661

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