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A Dynamic Empire: Teaching 600 Years of Ottoman History

Free workshop on teaching the Ottoman Empire

A Dynamic Empire: Teaching 600 Years of Ottoman History

13 February 2024 at 7 PM ET/ 4 PM PT

The Ottoman Empire began around 1300 and ended in 1922. The empire founded by Osman was radically different from the one governed by Mehmed VI in 1922 when the Ottoman Sultanate was abolished. How are we supposed to help students understand how the Ottoman state evolved over 600 years? In this free workshop, Bram Hubbell will discuss how to teach the Ottoman Empire as a dynamic state that continually reinvented itself while also ruling over a remarkably ethnically and religiously diverse population. Participants will learn about primary sources we can use with students. By integrating a handful of Ottoman sources, we can help students better understand how the Ottoman rulers saw themselves and how they governed. This free workshop will also help you integrate textual and visual primary sources in your classes in ways that help students become historians. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and share teaching ideas.

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Bram Hubbell writes about teaching world history for the newsletter Liberating Narratives. He focuses on helping teachers decolonize the teaching of world history by questioning Eurocentric narratives and centering African, Asian, Indigenous, and Latinx voices in the classroom. He currently lives in Charleston, South Carolina, but can often be found traveling all over Afroeurasia. He has visited more than 70 countries. Bram's travels inform his writing and approach to teaching. For over twenty years, he lived in New York City and taught world history at Friends Seminary. He also served on the AP World History curriculum and test development committees for many years and regularly participated in the AP World History reading.

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