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Major Historical Trends: The Modern Middle East

Professor Neil Heyman

This quarter we will be reading Professor Michael Provence’s recently published book, The Last Ottoman Generation and the Making of the Modern Middle East. It focuses on the long era of western mandates following the Ottoman defeat in World War I. The book has been widely and favorably received as a key contribution to our understanding of this formative period in the history of the Middle East. Critics have called it “a wonderfully original book,” which is “deeply researched and written in clear, compelling prose.” Amazon offers this volume in paperback and Kindle formats.

April 9: Introduction, Chapters 1 and 2

April 23: Chapters 3 and 4

May 7: Chapters 5 and 6

May 21: Chapter 7

June 4: TBA

Instructor: Neil Heyman is Professor Emeritus of History at San Diego State University. He earned his BA summa cum laude at Yale and his doctorate at Stanford. He is a specialist in the twentieth-century history of Russia and Germany, World War I, and history through film.

Course Number: OSHR-70037   Credit: 0 units


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