Map Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean

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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  Khayr al-Din was born (c.1822) in the Caucasus, then part of the Ottoman Empire. When his father died fighting for the Ottomans, Khayr al-Din was sold into slavery, first to a prominent family in Istanbul.  His rise was remarkable;…

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.…

This lesson gives students insights into the importance of Carthage and its connections with peoples and powers in the Mediterranean from its founding as a Phoenician colony to its defeat by the Romans, its reconstruction, and final disappearance as…

Module 3: Becoming Global and Staying Local: The Mediterranean from 300-1500 CE The lessons in this module introduce students to the writings of several key historical figures from the time period and provide alternatives to stereotypical…

Module 2: The Mediterranean and Beyond in Antiquity Lessons in this module highlight numerous important developments that diffused into or from regions adjacent to the Mediterranean: horse riding and the wheel, food crops and spices, and three…
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