3 August 2014: I’ve written a brief piece on Syrian American soldiers and the challenges (and rewards!) of writing transnational microhistories for the NEH summer seminar website on WWI in the Middle East. The post, on a soldier named Gabriel Ilyas Ward, can be viewed here.
This work is part of the 2014 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar on WWI in the Middle East, hosted by Mustafa Aksakal and Elizabeth Thompson at Georgetown University. The seminar gathered together 18 scholars of Ottoman, Middle Eastern, and North African history to discuss the social history of the First World War and to conduct joint research at the National Archives and Records Admin, the Library of Congress, and the Woodrow Wilson Center.