Fall 2022 - HIST 276 D100

Social, Economic, and Political History of the Mediterranean (3)

Class Number: 4527

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 7 – Dec 6, 2022: Mon, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 16, 2022
    Fri, 1:00–1:00 p.m.



Examines the history of the Mediterranean region that for millennia has been a focal point of human exchange as well as conflict. Considers the entire period from antiquity to the modern world. Students with credit for HS 276 may not take HIST 276 for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.


This course is a broad overview of the history of the Mediterranean with a focus on the period from the Renaissance to the present. It will examine the rise and fall of Empires such as the Ottoman and Spanish ones, the rise of nationalism and the creation of modern nation states like Italy, Greece, Israel, and so on, the effects of the Great Power rivalries from the French Revolution to this day, the effects of wars, including the two World Wars, and the eruption of modern conflicts including the Middle Eastern crises, the Yugoslav wars, or the Greek-Turkish rivalry. At the same time, it will examine the peaceful relations between states from the trade routes of the Renaissance to the emergence of the European Union, the cultural exchanges between southern Europe and North Africa, and modern social issues such as immigration.

Schedule of Classes:

  • The Prehistoric Mediterranean World
  • The Ancient World
  • A Roman Sea
  • Roman Legacies: East and West
  • Christendom and Islam
  • The Ottoman Rise to Power 
  • The Decline of the Mediterranean World?
  • Nationalism, Imperialism, Cosmopolitanism
  • Crises and Wars
  • New Divisions
  • The Contemporary Mediterranean


  • Class participation 20%
  • Weekly Responses 25%
  • Midterm 25%
  • Take-home Exam 30%



David Abulafia, The Great Sea. A Human History of the Mediterranean (Oxford University Press, 2011).


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