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W3719 History of the Modern Middle East - Audio

By Professor Richard Bulliet

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This course covers the History of the Middle East from the 18th century until the present, examining the region ranging from Morocco to Iran and including the Ottoman Empire. It focuses on transformations in the states of the region, external intervention, and the emergence of modern nation-states, as well as aspects of social, economic, cultural and intellectual history of the region.

Customer Reviews


The intro was very weak but it built apon it's self as tine lapped on

Can you Hear Me Now?

Audio Quality was terrible.... sounded like a cassett recorder set up in the next to last row.

Bulliet, History of the Modern Middle East

A thoughtful and clear survey of the history of the region, but the biggest drawback by far is the abysmal quality of the sound. Particular since the material deals with a whole host of Arabic, Turkish, and Iranian names which won't be familiar to a Western audience, the bad sound quality does a lot of damage to the comprehensibility and user-friendliness of what would otherwise be a great introduction. If Columbia wants to put its best foot forward by putting lectures on the web, it needs to put just a little effort into getting a quality product out there.
After listening some more, some follow-up comments. The course is very good on big ideas and big picture concepts, and Bulliet has an excellent, dry sense of humor and a sense of when an anecdote is what's needed to illustrate those big picture points. The course does NOT, however, spend a lot of time on the nuts & bolts of names, dates, and places. The course to some degree assumes that the listener has a pretty good sense of who does what to whom when.

Also, Bulliet talks slowly, so this is a course you can listen to at double-speed without much trouble.