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Under Osman's TreeThe Ottoman Empire, Egypt, and Environmental History$
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Alan Mikhail

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226427171

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226427201.001.0001

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Introduction: The Global Environmental History of the Middle East

Introduction: The Global Environmental History of the Middle East

(p.1) Introduction: The Global Environmental History of the Middle East
Under Osman's Tree

Alan Mikhail

University of Chicago Press

The introduction represents a mission statement for Middle East environmental history. Through a light discussion of some of the current literature on the topic, the chapter explains what both global environmental historians and historians of the Middle East stand to gain from a consideration of Middle East environmental history. It emphasizes the role of the Middle East as a zone of global connections and analyzes the three areas of research in Middle East environmental history that have received the most attention from historians: climate, energy, and disease. It then introduces the main themes of the book, examines some of the limitations and possibilities of the available source base for Middle East environmental history, and points to some areas of future research not addressed in the book. It is meant to serve as an introduction to both the emerging field as a whole and the book’s chapters.

Keywords:   Middle East, Ottoman Empire, Egypt, source material, global history, climate, energy, disease, early modern connections, environmental history

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