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09.30.2010 MENA Notes - POLS 205 Politics of the Middle...

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POLS 205 - Politics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) 9/30/2010 - Map Test on Tuesday, Oct. 5th (countries and capitals) - Give educated answers with contested capitals as well as non-contested capitals. 1. Origins of the Designation “Middle East.” a. a modern term used to describe the area covering 16 countries and states in the NE African and SW Asia. b. Etymologically, the term “middle east” may have originated in the 1850’s in the British India Office, and became more widely known when the American naval strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan used the term. c. To European local, you had the “far east” therefore, before that, was the “middle east.” d. Middle East has also been associated with the designation “Near East” which pre-dates “middle east” and implies the ancient history of the region and “middle east” is to reflect the more modern times of the region. 2. The Caucasus and the Central Asia a. Excluded from the Middle East and Central Asia. These areas where former
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