Fall 2015 - HIST 276 D100

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

Class Number: 5934

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2015: Mon, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 14, 2015
    Mon, 3:30–6:30 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. The course 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 such as 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.

HIST 276 is cross-listed with HS 276 and you may take this course under the HIST designation or the HS designation.


  • Class participation 20%
  • Journal 20%
  • Paper 20%
  • Midterm 20%
  • Final Exam 20%


There are five graded components in this course each worth 20% of the total grade. The first is class participation which includes active participation in the tutorials and in the discussions on the class website as well as a weekly one-page response on one or more of the readings. The second is a “journal” that students will keep throughout the semester commenting on news stories and publications on the Mediterranean. Students will also be required to write a book review paper (5-7 pages). They will have a choice from a list of books representing various periods of the Mediterranean. Finally there will be two exams, a midterm and a final which will be based upon the lectures and readings and will be composed of identifications a well as essay questions. The final will not be cumulative. Students will be expected to show knowledge of the basic historical processes of the Mediterranean period, the main actors examined during the course of the semester, and the ability to synthesize this knowledge into coherent arguments.

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