GLOBAL HISTORY, THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Academic Year 2018/2019 - 1° Year

Learning Objectives

  • Methods and approaches

    Students will acquire approaches, methods and contents of global history. They will be able to situate the history of the Middle East in relation to Europe and to apprehend the internal dynamics of development

  • The Modern Middle East and North Africa

    Students will acquire approaches, methods and contents of global history. They will be able to situate the history of the Middle East in relation to Europe and to apprehend the internal dynamics of development


Course Structure

  • The Modern Middle East and North Africa

    Lessons are organised around lectures and students’ paper presentations. Historical documents, newspapers, maps, film excerpts, photos and videos will be used during class activities.


Detailed Course Content

  • Methods and approaches

    Global History - World History – Transnational History - Internationalism - International Relations, Global Institutions. Empires - Imperialism - Decolonisation - Nationalism - Nation states –Politics and Religion – European Union Foreign Policy - Migration – Human Rights .

  • The Modern Middle East and North Africa

    The course is focused on the modern and contemporary history of the Middle East and North Africa from the French invasion of Egypt (1798) to the end of the twentieth century. Local and regional events will be situated within the global context. The main topics to be dealt with are 'defensive developmentalism', imperialism, the national struggles for liberation, the process of nation-state building and contemporary conflicts in the area. Particular attention is devoted to political ideologies such as modernism, pan-Arabism, Islamism, socialism.


Textbook Information

  • Methods and approaches

    Norman Lowe, Mastering Modern World History, Palgrave Master Series, New York 2013, 5th edition.

  • The Modern Middle East and North Africa

    James L. Gelvin, The Modern Middle East. A History, New York-Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011 (3rd edition).