*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Imposed Borders: The Legacy of World War I for Today’s Middle East

This course will cover the road to war (the European system of interlocking alliances, the effects of previous nineteenth-century conflicts, and competition between the great powers and the decline of empires); conduct of the Great War in multiple theaters (with emphasis on political events and military operations in the Middle East); results of the war (great power agreements, treaties, and territorial changes); and finally, the legacy of World War I that is still causing instability and violence in the Middle East of today.  
Note: This course does not meet on Wednesday, November 22.

Instructor Bio:

Michael G. Knapp is a Middle East analyst with the US Army in Charlottesville, Virginia. He teaches the popular OLLI course Understanding Islam and Its Extremists, and has lectured frequently on this subject at multiple universities in Central Virginia. Mr. Knapp has worked in US Government intelligence research and analysis for more than 30 years, as both a civilian (still serving) and as an Army officer (retired in 2002).  His articles on Islamic extremism have been published in four books and several professional journals.

Recommended Reading:

Rogan, Eugene. The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East, 2015. Fromkin, David. A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East, 2009. Ford, Roger. Eden to Armageddon: World War I in the Middle East, 2010.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B25 Michael Knapp Nov 8, 15, 29, Dec 6 We 4:00-5:30 p.m. Homewood Suites WL

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