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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

History of the Modern Middle East, Columbia U.

So useful for a survey of the area. I'd recommend it to others who, like me, are starting with a sketchy grasp of the subject.
Two suggestions to the professor and the producer:
Professor Bulliet, don't say 'uh' unless you mean it. You say it at least once in every sentence. That's mean to your listeners and unfair to your good thinking. That said, please come to Chicago and let the Columbia Alumni Club invite you for an evening.
Recordist, get better audio. With modern tiny digital recorders, you can have him wear a recorder and not have to publish echoey audio.

I've listened to three lectures, including listening to the 19th century one twice. I can't wait to hear the rest, even though I had those small and fixable issues.

poor sound

I find it very disconcerting that the whole class laughs when he said his predecessor was hit by a car and killed…. poor sound quality


I generally listen to audiobooks and lectures during my commute to work. I would have loved to hear this one. Unfortunately the poor quality of the recordings made that impossible. I'm not sure why this is even on itunes.