The Middle East and the Legacies of the First World War

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM)
Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall (map)


Michael Provence is Professor, Department of History, University of California, San Diego.He earned a PhD in Modern Middle Eastern History from the University of Chicago in August 2001, and immediately began teaching in the Clements Department of History at SMU. His third week of teaching in Dallas coincided with September 11th 2001. Provence has lived and studied in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and Turkey. He is the author of two books, The Last Ottoman Generation and the Making of the Modern Middle East, (2017) and The Great Syrian Revolt, (2005) also published in Arabic, and many articles on the late Ottoman and colonial Middle East of the early 20th century.




Aimee Genell is an Assistant professor at the University of West Georgia. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of History at Columbia University in October of 2013 and held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in International Security Studies at Yale University.
Her manuscript in the final stages of revision is titled Empire by Law: The Ottoman Origins of the Mandates System in the Middle East, 1840-1923, in which she argues against a dominant historical narrative that views 1919 as the decisive break in the Middle East. Instead her work shows that Ottoman autonomous provinces, Egypt above all, provided one of the main models for the League of Nations mandates in the post-Ottoman Middle East.
She is working on second project that examines the history of international law in the late Ottoman Empire and the early Turkish Republic. Her article, “The Well-defended Domains: Eurocentric International Law and the Making of the Ottoman Office of Legal Counsel,” was published in the Journal of Ottoman and Turkish Studies in November of 2016.


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