History 405 (101) Diplomacy & Conflict in Middle East 1914 to the Present
This course focuses on the history of diplomacy and conflict in the Middle East from the latter 19th century to the early 21st century. We begin with a brief introduction to political transformations in the Ottoman empire in the decades prior to 1914. The remainder of our time will be spent assessing local, regional, and international conflicts in the Middle East, including the Arab-Israeli wars. The buffeting winds of modernization agendas from World War I to the present forms a continuous analytical thread from beginning to end of the course.