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War and Peace in the Middle East (HIST06)

16th May 2020

The history of the Middle East, from the early 20th century to the present day, has been one of turmoil as the old empires of the British and the Ottomans were replaced mid-century by warring superpowers and rising nationalism. This course seeks to understand the varied cultures and history of the modern Middle East; political, religious, social, and economic characters of individual countries will be examined, as well as international relations and politics. Special emphasis, however, will be placed upon inter-Arab relations, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the role of outsiders such as the European imperialists, and the Cold War superpowers. The Middle East for our purposes will include Iran, Israel, the Arab states and Turkey. Students are encouraged to critically analyse material, empathize with the issues, and cultivate historical judgment. It is hoped that placing contemporary issues in their historical context will help us to comprehend the Middle East today.

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