Spring 2019

The Arab Spring

Listed in: History, as HIST-257


Steven N. Simon (Section 01)


This course will explore the nature of the uprisings that began in 2010 in Tunisia and ultimately swept through Libya, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, to Bahrain. We will ask why these events took place, when and where they did, why the outcomes have differed so widely, why monarchies emerged unscathed, and why authoritarian rule proved so durable. We will pay close attention to the voices of protest from this period as well as the role of social media as a mobilizing factor. Two class meetings per week.

Spring semester. John J. McCloy ’16 Visiting Professor Simon.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Research, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2019