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…

Topic Overview The two lessons in this unit engage students in a study of the literary salon and its impact across the Mediterranean in the age of print journalism. While the salon tradition was firmly in place in France by the seventeenth century,…

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 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…

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. …

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 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…

Module 5: Reform and Social Change in the Mediterranean, 1798-1914 During the Long Nineteenth Century, new technologies brought Mediterranean peoples closer together across time and space, while the entire region became more accessible to world…
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