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

This course will cover the road to war as it relates to today's Middle East. The European system of interlocking alliances, the effects of previous nineteenth-century conflicts, competition between the great powers of the day, and the decline of empires will be addressed. We will study the conduct of the Great War in multiple theaters (with emphasis on political events and military operations in the Middle East) and examine the great power agreements, treaties, and territorial changes which ended the conflict. Finally, the legacy of World War I that is still causing instability and violence in the Middle East will be explored. Note: This course does not meet on Tuesday, November 20.

Instructor Bio:

Michael G. Knapp is a Middle East analyst with the US Army in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has taught the popular OLLI course Understanding Islam and Its Extremists and has lectured at various universities in Central Virginia. Mr. Knapp has worked in US Government intelligence research and analysis for more than 30 years, as both a civilian and as an Army officer. His articles on Islamic extremism have been published in five books and multiple professional journals.

Required Reading:

Bring an open and enquiring mind, and some good questions 

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
B211 Michael Knapp Oct 30, Nov 6, 13, 27 Tu 4:00-5:30 p.m. Holiday Inn A

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