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Conflict in the Middle East

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Conflict in the Middle East

<p>The Middle East has been pivotal to world history for millennia. A place of empire conflict, religious conflict, and modern territorial wars, the Middle East affects everyone and draws many nations

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The Middle East has been pivotal to world history for millennia. A place of empire conflict, religious conflict, and modern territorial wars, the Middle East affects everyone and draws many nations, including Australia, into its affairs. We look at conflict in the Middle East from pre-Roman times, though the Middle Ages and into the 21st century.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to the topic. After defining what we mean by the Middle East, we look at the importance of the region over the centuries and the people who have been involved.
  • Lesson 2: Modern Zionism and the failing Ottoman Empire. In this lesson we explore the foundations of modern Zionism which sprung from the pogroms of the 19th century in Eastern Europe. We also take a look at Palestine and Arabia in 1914.
  • Lesson 3: The Holocaust and the British Mandate. We go on to look at the effects of the Holocaust on immigration to Palestine and the reaction of the occupying British government and the neighbouring Arabs. We also study the growing nationalist movements in Palestine, Arabia and Turkey.
  • Lesson 4: Early Israel and the growth of Arab power in the Middle East, 1948 to 1973. The first 20 years of the state of Israel ran parallel to the growth of the nationalist reform movement in Egypt with the coming of Nasser. We study the increased interest of the superpowers and the course and effects of the 6 Day War (1967) and the Yom Kippur War (1973).
  • Lesson 5: Terrorism and the creation of Islamic and Jewish fundamentalist organisations. We explore how the way the world looks at the region has been changed by the rise of the PLO, along with other Palestinian terrorist organisations, wars and revolutions in Iraq, Iran and Lebanon and economic growth.
  • Lesson 6: This lesson discusses the situation today. It identifies the main players and the motivation behind their actions. It looks at the formation of ISIS, the 2 Gulf Wars and the war in Afghanistan and how they affect not only peace in the region but in the world.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the origins of conflict in the Middle East
  2. Understand the modern players involved and what their desires and claims are.