In this lecture course, we will explore the history of the earth's climate and how it relates to human history. In the first part of our course, we will learn about the history and development of climate science and the methods of studying changes in the earth's climate. In the second part of our course, we will learn about historical climatology and the ways in which historians employ the findings and methods of climate science in their writing about the human past. In the final weeks of the semester, we will explore political and cultural facets of climate in history.
As a continuation of HIME 2001 (which is not a prerequisite), this course surveys the historical evolution of the Middle East and North Africa. We begin with the rise of the Ottoman Empire during the 16th century and continue through the development of the modern nation-state systems of the present century. In the process, we examine issues of state formation, class, gender, race, environment, war, and migration as we explore the evolving relationship between the MENA region and the rest of the world.