Jun 18, 2011

Archives and Collections in Israel/Palestine | Zachary J. Foster

Though Israel/Palestine encompasses a small geographical area of the former Ottoman Empire, it is home to a variety of valuable sources that can be used by Ottoman historians, including court records and Zionist archival records. In this episode of the Ottoman History Podcast, Zachary J. Foster discusses the various sources available to researchers working on and in Israel/Palestine and how they may be used.



Zachary J. Foster is a graduate student at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies studying the history of Greater Syria in the early twentieth century
Chris Gratien is a PhD student studying the history of the modern Middle East at Georgetown University (see academia.edu)

Note for the listener: Although this podcast is based in part on primary source research, it is also a synthesis of publicly available information and draws extensively from the following works below, which are also mentioned during the course of the episode. For the purposes of academic citation, we encourage you to consult these works.


Select Bilbiography:

Alsberg, Paul A., “The Israel State Archives as a Source for the History of Palestine During the Period of Ottoman Rule” in Studies on Palestine During the Ottoman Period Moshe Ma’oz (ed.) (Jerusalem: The Magness Press, 1975), 532-547.
Ma’oz, Moshe, Erets-Yiśraʼel ba-teḳufah ha-ʻOt'manit : teʻudot me-arkhiyonim u-meʼusafim be-Yiśrael (Ha-Universiṭah ha-ʻIvrit bi-Yerushalayim, ha-Makhon le-limude Asyah ṿe-Afriḳah u-Vet ha-sefarim ha-leʼumi ṿeha-universiṭaʼi, 1970)
Beshara Doumani, “Palestinian Islamic Court Records: A Source for Socioeconomic History,” MESA Bulletin, 19 (1985), pp. 155–172
Michelle Campos, “Ottoman Palestine into the 21st Century.” Paper presented at the Conference, Palestine: What We Know, George Washington University, 16 October 2009;
Gerber, Haim, Ottoman Rule in Jerusalem, 1890-1914 (Berlin: K. Schwarz, 1985)
Lunts, Yosef, “Shorishayha ve-Mekorotayha shel ha-Tnu‘a ha-Le’umit ha-‘Aravit be-Eretz Yisrael Erev Milkhemet ha-Olam ha-Rishona,” in Moshe Ma’oz and B. Z. Kedar, (eds.) Ha-Tnu‘a ha-Le’umit ha-Falastinit (Tel Aviv: Misradha-Bitahon, 1996).

Jun 6, 2011

U.S.-Turkey Relations during the 1950s | Nicholas Danforth

28. Democracy, Dictatorship, Imperialism and the Cold War.

During the 1950s, the United States supported the Menderes administration in Turkey as part of its Cold War policy, a measure which was seen as part and parcel to promoting democracy in the Middle East. In this episode of the Ottoman History Podcast, Nick Danforth examines how diplomats and statesmen justified and developed this seemingly contradictory policy, their perceptions of Turkey and its political future, and how it relates to debates about the present.



Nicholas Danforth is a PhD student studying the history of modern Turkey at Georgetown University (see academia.edu)
Chris Gratien is a PhD student studying the history of the modern Middle East at Georgetown University (see academia.edu)


Archival Sources:

The Central Intelligence Agency Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Electronic Reading Room,
National Archives and Record Administration, College Park, Maryland.

Frontline Diplomacy, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

The George C. McGhee Papers (McGhee Papers), Georgetown University Special Collections
Library, Washington, D.C.

United States National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland.