The Middle East and World War I

This year will mark the centenary of the start of World War I. We tend, in our teaching of World War I, to concentrate on France and Germany, but the region we now call The Middle East played an important role in the conflict, and its modern history was, in great part, formed by the agreements at the war’s end. It’s a perspective worthy of inclusion in a unit on World War I.

Regina Higgins, from the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, and UNC Chapel Hill graduate student, Alyssa Sistare, created a website that offers resources on World War I and the Middle East. In The Middle East and World War I, educators will find a timeline of events, maps, historical and personal accounts of the conflict (Gallipoli, particularly), videos, and even songs.