Further to our discussion of Powerpoint and the value of visuals in class, an interesting Imperial History of the Middle East (Shockwave animation) which I’d show in my Ancient Near East, medieval or Modern Western Civ class at the drop of a hat. (Well, that will have to wait ’til next year since I’m not teaching either in the present term, but still.)
Don’t pile on about the errors and quibbles. I have my own reservations about the history portrayed. But I think this would make a powerful starting point for our discussions about the ongoing importance of the region in a class on decolonization, say, or the Crusader kingdoms.