Fall 2018 - HIST 151 D100

The Modern Middle East (3)

Class Number: 5047

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 3150, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2018
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 3181, Burnaby



An introductory survey of the changing societies of the Middle East since 1800. Emphasis will be placed on familiarizing students with the basic aspects of Islamic society, the influence of European imperialism, the modernization of traditional societies, the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the social and political ferment in the period since the Second World War. Breadth-Humanities.


The uprisings that swept the Middle East between 2011 and 2013 had immediate triggers but long-term causes. They are tied to a chain of uprisings and revolutions in the Middle East since the early 20th century and belong to a large context of political, social, and economic transformations that were set in motion in the 19th century but were fundamentally shaped by the outcomes of World War I. The course offers an analysis of that large context and highlights major turning points in the modern history of the region that continue to have relevance and resonance in the contemporary period.


  • Tutorial discussion 15%
  • Tutorial leadership 10%
  • Short report 20%
  • Mid-term 25%
  • End-of-term assignment 30%



William L. Cleveland and Martin Bunton, A History of the Modern Middle East, Sixth edition, (Westview, 2016)

James Gelvin, The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).

A selection of primary source documents and journal articles posted on Canvas

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