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“When I Came to Jerusalem”: Teaching the Social Changes of Industrialization using Nineteenth Century Jerusalem

Teaching the social effects of industrialization

Bram Hubbell
Bram Hubbell
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“When I Came to Jerusalem”: Teaching the Social Changes of Industrialization using Nineteenth Century Jerusalem
Jaffa Street looking toward the Old City of Jerusalem, c.1900 Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Nineteenth-century industrialization not only revolutionized the production of raw materials and goods but also completely transformed how people lived. When we teach about the social effects of industrialization (urbanization, the development of social classes, changing living standards, migration), we often start with Europe. Given the nature of illustrative examples and the structure of the AP World curriculum, there’s no reason we have to use European examples. What if we taught the social changes of industrialization using Ottoman Jerusalem?

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