Map Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean

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The chart provides and overview of the topics and themes of the lessons in each of the six modules, keyed to the themes around which the study of world history is structured in the World History For Us All online curriculum. The chart is formatted to…

Topic Overview In this lesson students are divided into groups of salonniers and their guests (up to eight groups).  In their groups they plan a salon session to enact in front of class. They research and imagine the historical context  of a salon…

Topic Overview The two lessons in this unit engage students in a study of the literary salon and its impact across the Mediterranean in the age of print journalism. While the salon tradition was firmly in place in France by the seventeenth century,…

In this lesson students investigate primary and secondary visual and written sources about Ottoman reforms in the second half of the nineteenth century. Extension and Assessment activities include writing an excerpt from a nineteenth century travel…

Topic Overview The world is not a static place. Neither is the Mediterranean Region. The changes that occur over time happen in multiple contexts, and are influenced by the movement of ideas, people, and material objects. Moreover, local, national,…

Topic Overview: The Arab Spring began in 2011 with uprising in Tunisia, Egypt, and a range of revolts and political responses in the Mediterranean World. Historical comparisons have been made between these events and Europe’s popular revolutions of…

Students have the opportunity to explore two types of cultural exchange in music in the Mediterranean region. The first is the evolution of numerous North African strands of music into a genre called “Raï” and its merger into popular music in…

Topic Overview This lesson introduces students to Sultan Abdulmecid I, who ruled the Ottoman Empire from 1839-1861, during the formative years of the Tanzimat Reforms.  Born in 1808, he inherited the throne from his father Mahmud II who had…

This lesson continues the study of Khayr al-Din’s life and work as a reformer begun in lessons 5.5. Khayr al-Din: Groomed for Reform and 5.2. The Case for Reform (which includes excerpts of Khayr al-Din’s greatest work The Surest Path). In…

This lesson, in contrast to the previous one on guest workers and early post-WWII migration, focuses on recent movement to the European Union (EU) nations from the region. The EU has received praise for constructing a lasting peace on a war-ravaged…
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