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New talk online: “Let’s Talk History: World War I in the Syrian Diaspora”

May 19 2020: this month I had an event with the UC Davis History Club on my book, Between the Ottomans and the Entente. We took the event online in a “hybrid” fashion: the talk went on Youtube, and then the History Club hosted a live conversation about the work via Zoom. It was a rich experience and the students had a lot of great questions!

The talk portion of the event is here (recorded in my sparsely decorated, yellow-lit home office, haha):

From the event flyer: How did a half million Syrian, Lebanese, and Palestinian immigrants across the Americas manage when the Ottoman Empire went to war? In this lecture based on my 2019 book, Between the Ottomans and the Entente, I argue that political activism by Arab immigrants in the diaspora changed the course of the war and its aftermath in the modern Middle East. In this story, the Ottoman Empire fell, and European Mandates rose up to take their place. What role did Syrians living abroad play? Find out here.

This lecture pairs with a UC Davis History Club event on May 7, 2020 at 5pm (PST). The History Club will host a live conversation via Zoom, open to all students, faculty, and staff at UC Davis. Are you free? Come join us! The event details (and a sample chapter!) appear on the UC Davis History Department’s socials here:

Between the Ottomans and the Entente can be purchased on Amazon or directly from OUP (use code AAFLYG6 for 30 percent off!):

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