HST380.2: Istanbul in Social & Historical Perspectives

The goal of this course is to examine Istanbul’s multi-cultural social structure. After giving a background about city’s take over by Mehmed the Conqueror and his attempts to form a cosmopolitan capital city, the course will consider the impact of the Ottoman reforms, the process of integration into world capitalist economy, the rule of the Committee of Union and Progress (Ittihat ve Terakki) in the Second Constitutional Period, and the foundation of Turkish Republic. The course provides useful and necessary background to understand multi-cultural society within the framework of peaceful coexistence and analyzes its dynamics through exploring social and cultural life in the city. It will also contribute to understanding the transformation process of the Ottoman society into modern Turkish society by using Istanbul as an example. (GEP 1320/0204)

Department: History

Location: Istanbul

Credits: 3