We will explore the complex Mediterranean world, and U.S. relations with it, by examining the
historical development of a range of current issues and U.S. policies regarding them. Topics
will include U.S. relations with North Africa and the Middle East after 9/11, the Arab Spring
in North Africa and the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Turkey’s position at
the crossroads between Europe and the Middle East and “zero problems” approach to foreign
relations, and the financial crisis in Mediterranean Europe.
Field WorkCountry: Italy
Day: 1 - Livorno - Sunday, 21 July
July 21 (Livorno, Italy) This field lab will have three components: some instruction during transport to and from the cemetery (about 75 minutes each way), touring the American military cemetery outside of Florence, and a guest lecture on democratization and the Eurozone crisis in southern Europe. Students will also read a short article on the construction of the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, and will be required to write a short paper on memorializing conflict. Academic Objectives:
- To cover some basic content about U.S. involvement in Italy and Mediterranean Europe more broadly during World War II.
- To ask students to contemplate historical memory and the question of how one memorializes conflict.
- To help students understand the dramatic economic and political transformations that have taken place across Mediterranean Europe in the last four decades.