HIST 800 (01) - Expl/ Oil & Water

Durham   Liberal Arts :: History
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2018 - Full Term (08/27/2018 - 12/10/2018)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   10  
CRN: 16794
Advanced explorations in one of the fields listed below: A) American History, B) European History, C) World History, D) Ancient History. Barring duplication of subject, may be repeated to a maximum of 12 credits.
Section Comments: Full Title: Oil & Water in the Middle East
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/27/2018 12/10/2018 MW 2:10pm - 3:30pm HORT 445
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“Water makes men work,” King Idris of Libya once said. But, he added, “oil makes men dream.” More than any other part of the world, the Middle East is closely associated with both extreme scarcity (water) and extreme abundance (oil), and with the politics to which competition over these two resources has given rise. Scholars of the Middle East have recently begun to reckon with how the interconnections between people, environment, and natural resources have shaped the region politically, economically, and socially. In this course, we will survey the modern history of the Middle East and consider such things as water management in the late Ottoman period, and the construction of irrigation systems and national water carriers in the 20th century. Alongside this water history, the course also considers the emergence of the oil industry, and the construction of national, regional, and international systems for resource extraction, refinement, and transport. We will see that the histories of oil and water are intertwined, and figure in all important issues of Middle Eastern society and politics, from labor organizing, gender relations, and forms of rule to geopolitics and the Arab-Israeli conflict.