Map Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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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