Seminar on selected topics in general history, with special emphasis on preparation for field examinations. Topics vary according to interests of students and instructor.
This seminar will study the major historiographical debates in the study of the Ottoman Empire by focusing on its three major periods. Classical age (until the eighteenth century); the age of transformations and reform (eighteenth and nineteenth centuries); the end of the empire and the transition to the republic (late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries). By reviewing some recent as well as classical literature, the seminar will examine the origins and the significance of the questions and the debates that shaped the development of this historiography.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Students will be expected to have some knowledge of modern Middle Eastern/Ottoman history.
Class assignments and grading
Weekly papers, discussion, a paper.
Required Reading Cemal Kafadar, Between Two Worlds Hasan Kayali, Arabs and Young Turks Leslie Pierce, Imperial Harem Halil Inalcik, An Economic and Social History of the Ottoman Empire, Vols. I and II Bernard Lewis, Emergence of Modern Turkey Erik Zurcher, Turkey: A Modern History Suraiya Faroqhi, Approaching Ottoman History
Grading Percentages Weekly Papers 25% Discussion 25 Paper 50