Map Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean

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Module 6: The Modern Mediterranean, 1945-Present This set of lessons on the modern Mediterranean addresses the complex history of the region in the 20th century through a variety of lenses, from the Second World War up to the Arab uprisings of 2011.…

Topic Overview The relationship between humankind and its environment is a story of hundreds of thousands of years of innovation in sources of energy for growing and developing their societies. In the modern period, the size of the world’s…

The longest river on the planet, the Nile, flows through Africa into the Mediterranean. For thousands of years it has provided fresh water for agriculture and food for aquatic life. In 1970 the reconstruction of the Aswan High Dam was completed.…

Topic Overview Between 1945-1991, the term “Cold War” was used to describe the international world order. This system emphasized a binary model led by the United States of America on one side and the Soviet Union on the other. The binary…

Gamal Abdel Nasser’s role as a founding member of the Non-aligned movement in 1961 represented an alternative to the hegemony of US-USSR international world order. His ideology synthesized nationalism, anti-imperialism, and Pan-Arabism was not…

Topic Overview For the first time in history, over half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. Exploring urbanization in the era of globalization empowers students to compare and contrast change and continuity in Mediterranean urbanites.…

Topic Overview After a period of rebuilding war-torn Europe after the Second World War, sustained economic growth in the 1950’s and 1960’s forced Western European governments to confront severe labor shortages. Young men from countries bordering…

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…

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: 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…
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