Intellectual and Cultural History of Late Ottoman and Modern Turkey

Course Description: 

The final decades of the Ottoman period and the dawn of the Turkish Republic mark a period of rapid and profound change. It has inspired a great deal of recent academic work due to its importance in the broader arc of regional and global history combined with the abundance of sources available for use. This course will focus intellectual and cultural trends, including modernism, romanticism, Ottomanism, nationalism, positivism and Orientalism among others. Students will gain an appreciation of the intellectual and cultural currents that shaped the zeitgeist with attention to regional and global networks and the circulation of ideas and cultural forms.

Learning Outcomes: 

-To understand major intellectual and cultural trends in the period
-To debate and reflect upon recent scholarship
-To explore new approaches to studying the period
-To develop research, writing and presentations skills


Course Components and Grading
Paper (brief biography - 2,500
Words) 40%
Presentations 30%
In class synopsis 10%
Participation/Attendance 20%
On Paper
The final paper is a chance for you to explore a topic in greater depth. It must use a minimum of 6 sources (including at least 1 primary source). The length should be between 2500 and 3000 words.