World War I in the Middle East & North Africa

Course Description: This course examines the war from the perspective of the Ottoman Empire, from the Young Turk Revolution of 1908 through the establishment of the Turkish Republic in 1923. Students focus on the war as lived experience in the Middle East and North Africa: what did total mobilization take on local society? How did wartime crises – famine, genocide, military occupation, colonialism – create or constrain opportunities for nationalism and political protest?

Course Syllabus

Major Course Project: World War Alla Turca: War Reporting from the Ottoman Frontstudents in this course will collectively report on major events, themes, and personalities in the First World War from an Ottoman perspective in “real time.” The site features student writing that is part synthetic historiography and part primary source analysis. Content is added on rolling deadlines through the semester, drawing on primary source collections from Madden Library, the Library of Congress, NARA, and elsewhere.