How America replaced Britain in the Middle East 1945-2003
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: HAH08
Duration: 1 session
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What is the course about?
This online course charts the post 1945 entrance of the United States into the Middle East and the power struggle which ensued with Britain as a consequence. The course pierces the official discourse on the transatlantic relationship and provides a different perspective on how to understand and explain the volatile politics of the region.
What will we cover?
-The implications of of the Sykes-Picot treaty
-The impact of WWII
-The rise of American power and its consequences in the Middle East
-The struggle for power in Syria
-The US and Britain
-The Iranian Revolution
-The impact of the Gulf war.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Analyse contemporary politics through the prism of power politics in the region
- Identify the key aspects of the historical roots of the struggle
- Analyse the post WWII reconfiguration of the Middle East
- Identify the opposing arguments about the struggle and its origins.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an `introductory` level course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a
reasonable standard of English to keep up with the course. As with most of our history and current affairs courses,
an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more
important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Tutor presentation, interactive group discussion, slideshow, tutor-guided analysis of texts/video clips. There are no outside work to prepare, for this course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No costs. Bring note making items (paper, pen, tablet, laptop) as required or desired.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please explore our sections on Asian History and Politics and Current Affairs for additional courses on the broader Middle East and North Africa region.
Dr. Noman Hanif is a lecturer at Birkbeck with the department of politics. He specialises in global politics and international security with particular focus on the Middle East and Political Islam. He has a PhD in International relations from Royal Holloway, University of London. Dr. Hanif has taught at other universities including Kent, Royal Holloway and Exeter. Between 2009/10, he was visiting professor in global political Islam at the University of West Virginia, US.
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