develop the cognitive flexibility to shift perspectives and understand how individuals shape and are
shaped by their environments. As part of this assignment, you will need to
create a fictional historical character for each diary entry you write.
The only stipulations are that this person CANNOT be a ruler or major “decision-maker”
and they cannot fundamentally alter the past. Otherwise, your
characters can be a “Middle Easterner” of any description. You are free to
choose your character’s gender, birthplace, ethnicity, religion, occupation, and
personality traits, but they cannot fundamentally alter the past. You should
come up with a new character for each entry, and the entry should include a
brief (one-sentence) description of who this character is. Be imaginative.
Maybe these are multiple generations of the same family? Typically with this
assignment, the best student entries explore the ways in which an individual
can be both a product and an agent of history.
The entries must be grounded in the historical context of the week we have
just completed. You are asked not only to write a piece of historical fiction
(i.e., a diary entry) in your character’s voice, but also to compose an analytical
paragraph. Here, you should take a step back and explain your character’s
attitudes and actions by referencing readings and class content. Each week,
you will send me your entries, of at least 550 words
1-Cold War in the Middle East 1950-1966 period
2-Syria under United Arab Republic 1958-1961
3-Yemen proxy war between Egypt and Saudis Arabia in the 1960s
4-Nasser and Egypt from 1954-1970
5-Middle East as Battleground: Afghanistan, Algeria, Yemen and