In addition to the assigned books, there will be some additional readings, provided on the URL Home Page for this course.
Some of the readings will be relatively short essays, articles, or book chapters; some are complete books. Obviously you will read these using different reading strategies. I will provide for each of the assigned readings a study guide which you should consult prior to reading the item. Those readings which I make available on the WEB should be read IN ONE SITTING -- they are about one particular issue, or provide a well-presented point of view on one issue. They cannot be understood if read in small "chunks". At the end of each reading, I provide a FORM which asks you to respond to the reading -- often in the form of a question or questions. You should make your response after finishing the reading, and submit it to me by clicking on the SUBMIT button. I will, in turn, distribute your comments to everyone else in the class. You will notice that there are two "special projects" which ask you to read several items on the WEB and respond to all of them on one form: these relate to Middle Eastern slavery and the Ottoman-Armenian question.
I have added a list of additional books and articles on the various topics that we will be discussing this semester on the following link: Additional Readings on the off-chance that any of the topics are particularly interesting to you--you might want to consult some of these for your essays and/or class reports. They are organized by week.
Each week, form entries are due by Sunday evenings concerning the assigned readings for the immediately following week. You should pick one of the questions I provide at the beginning of each form. For the first three weeks, forms will be for the preceding week. Thus, by Sunday evening January 16, you should send FORM entry concerning the reading assignments for Week 1. Beginning with week five, these should be done for the following week. We will devote a portion of each Thursday to discuss in class the views you have expressed in the entries.