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MAAS-514 Politics of Empire: Middle East
Fall for 2014-2015
Neep, Daniel
The Politics of Empire in the Middle East
Does the US use oil to control the Middle East? Is the 2003 occupation of Iraq evidence of latter-day colonialism? How did Britain and France govern the Middle East and North Africa during the colonial era? Did decolonization end empire? How do technologies of violence, cartography, and ethnography reshape local understandings of society and self? How can we conceptualize the changes in Middle East politics and society produced by interaction with the West? Which is more useful - Said’s concept of Orientalist discourse or Marxist theories of imperialism? Are globalization and neoliberalism really just new forms of imperialism?
This course introduces students to conceptual debates about the politics of empire in the Middle East, with reference to case studies ranging from Algeria in the 1830s to Iraq in the 21st century. Adopting an inter-disciplinary approach, the course will be of interest to students in political science, global politics & security, development studies, history, Arab and Middle East Studies, European Studies, post-colonial theory, and culture & society
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

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