Map Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean

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Students will research a set of individuals whose life stories reflect themes of movement, imperial competition, trade, piracy, slavery, etc. and then create geo-biographies on an online map. Each working group of students will plot at least 4-5…

Topic Overview In the first two decades of the 19th century the Ottoman Empire still dominated much of the eastern and southern coastlines of the Mediterranean (which included its semi-independent states of Egypt and Tunisia).   But as the century…

Topic Overview The purpose of this topic is to engage students in analysis of the ways in which individuals and groups experienced the expansion and competition of empires in this period, and to examine how those individual experiences can shed light…

Topic Overview At the beginning of this period in 1450, two great empires were forming at either end of the Mediterranean: Spain and the Ottoman Empire. The Ottomans under Mehmet II were poised to conquer Constantinople and put an end to the last…

This brief lesson provides context for the empires that students study in detail in typical courses, by giving points of reference and framing questions about imperial expansion into and out of the region (Assyrians, Greeks, Phoenicians, Persians,…

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…

The lesson lets students work with multiple timelines about geological, demographic (migration), political, and technological events and processes, to make comparisons, and to determine the significance of different types of events and narratives…
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