Final Muslim Journeys Program Addresses World War I and Today's Diplomatic Challenges in the Middle East

The final program of Union College Library's Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Grant will be held Sunday evening, March 23, 2014 in the library classroom (room 121) at 7 p.m. Dr. Malcolm Russell will present, "Living with the Consequences: World War I, Covetous Peacemakers, and a Century of Middle East Turmoil."

Russell's presentation will discuss how the Ottoman Empire's decision to ally with Germany during World War I led to its demise leaving the Arab lands over which it claimed sovereignty open to imperial designs by Britain and France at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. According to Russell, "The results include small Arab states instead of the nation desired by pan-Arabists, years of troubled British and French rule, and the growth of Zionism in Palestine against the wishes of the inhabitants. The consequences of the decisions taken in 1919-1920 challenge diplomacy today."

Join us at the library Sunday evening as this final program transitions attention from the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf to the centennial commemoration of World War I beginning this summer.