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The Breakup of the Ottoman Empire

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Program Description

Embark on a captivating intellectual journey through the tumultuous era of the Ottoman Empire's dissolution in our six-week online course, "The Breakup of the Ottoman Empire (1908-1922). Delve into the intricate tapestry of historical events that unfolded in the Middle East during this transformative period, exploring the complex interplay of political, social, and cultural forces. Uncover the roots of contemporary geopolitical dynamics as we unravel the lasting impact of this pivotal chapter on the modern world. Engage in thought-provoking discussions, insightful analyses, and gain a profound understanding of why the echoes of these events persist in shaping our global landscape today. Session Topics: 1.The History of the Ottoman Empire until 1908 2. Young Turks, War, Gallipoli, Armenian Genocide 3. Sykes-Picot Agreement, Mesopotamian Campaign, Arab Revolt 4. The Balfour Declaration, Palestinian Campaign, Ottoman Defeat 5. Turkey and Ataturk, Postwar Settlements 6. The Effects of the Breakup Today SCHEDULE: 6 Thursdays, February 8 to March 14, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM This presentation will take place online. You will receive a link to the class by email 24 hours before the presentation begins. ABOUT THE PRESENTER: John Felvinci was born in Hungary in 1934 and came to Canada after the 1956 revolution. Studied at McGill and received a doctoral degree in nuclear physics. Left for the US in 1965 to teach and do research at Columbia University in New York. During his research he got involved with computers and later worked in industry installing radiation monitoring and security systems at nuclear power plants. In 1990 he returned to Montreal and worked in telecommunications. Retired in 1994 and joined MCLL (McGill Community of Lifelong Learning), (was MILR), where he has been very active in moderating study groups, giving lectures and taking part in the administration. He was the chairman of the Curriculum Committee, Technology Committee and was President in 2000-2001. He also gives lectures at the Cummings Centre, Encore and other selected venues. Besides science and music, his hobby is the study of history and cultural history of Europe and North America.


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