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Resat Kasaba
HIST 590
Seattle Campus

Topics in History

Seminar on selected topics in general history, with special emphasis on preparation for field examinations. Topics vary according to interests of students and instructor.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

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


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Edmund K. Kamai
Date: 03/09/2000