Map Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean

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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…

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 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…

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;…

(Muhammad Ali) Mehmet Ali of Egypt (1769-1825) enacted a series of reforms in Egypt that overhauled the Egyptian military, economy, and social hierarchy. This lesson asks students to evaluate his ultimate goals and methodology and to evaluate his…

Topic Overview When we think of slavery in the period from 1450-1800, the story of trans-Atlantic slavery—the enslavement and forced migration of 12-15 million African people to labor in the plantations and mines of North and South America and the…

Topic Overview The port cities of the Mediterranean were hubs in the trade in globalized commodities and political networks of the region, connected both to one another and to their hinterlands, although there were frequently tensions along both of…

Topic Overview Mehmet Ali ruled the Ottoman province of Egypt from 1805 until his death in 1849, after which his heirs ruled Egypt up until 1953. Mehmet Ali grew up in the Ottoman domain of what is today Macedonia, the son of an Albanian merchant. …

This lesson answers the question: To what extent was the Declaration of Gulhane influenced by the ideals of the French Revolution and how were they adapted by Ottoman reformers? Students are provided with statements excerpted from the Declaration of…
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