A Concise History of the Middle East Twenty one chapters plus bibliography.
(Includes material used in the OLLI workshop at SBU during 2010-2016)

The Refugees of Asia Minor Family histories and essays.

Does History Repeats Itself in the Middle East? An essay on the parallels between the events of 1919-22 and the current (2002) situation in the Middle East. (posted June 6, 2002)

Undercurrents of History - OLLI Workshop

During 2013-2014 I have been lecturing in an OLLI workshop titled "Undercurrents of History." I have been inspired by several books, primarily "Guns, Germs, and Steel" by Jared Diamond, "Why the West Rules - For Now" by Ian Morris, and the classic "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" by Edward Gibbon. The material posted corresponds to the lecture notes of the workshop and some sections are more polished than others.


Material of Fall 2014

Material of Spring 2014
Plans for the Term
Is History a Science?
Development of Agriculture

Material of Fall 2013
"The West Catches Up"
(Summary of Chapter 9 of [MORR])
Enlightenment [PNKR]
Industrial Revolution
Weber Overview
The Chinese Way
The Aftermath of 1850
Colonialism and Multiculturalism
Europe after 1850 - Unrest
Discoveries after 1850
The Biggest Challenge to Humanity
World Wars I and II
Environmental Disasters [COLL]
Flaws in Decision Making [COLL, Chap. 14]

Material of Spring 2013
Is History a Science?
Government and Religion
Overview of the Work of Ian Morris
Two Centers
Renaissance I
The Pursuit of "Useless Knowledge"
Renaissance II
The World around 1600