World History 1200-1750: Making of the Modern World 4
Constantinople: Imperial Capital
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Why You Should Go:
Explore Istanbul, “city of the world’s desire!” For nearly two millennia, this city was the imperial capital, serving as the political, cultural, economic, and religious center of the Byzantine, then Ottoman Empires. Straddling both Europe and Asia, this city encompasses many traditions which you will encounter and interact: Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Turkish; Pagan, Christian, Jewish, Muslim; Ancient, Medieval, Modern, Post-modern; Empire and Nation; Cosmopolitan and Provincial; East and West.
Meet the Professor:
Matthew T. Herbst is Director of the Making of the Modern World Program at the University of California San Diego (Eleanor Roosevelt College). He is dedicated to, and passionate about, undergraduate education, earning the 2009 Outstanding Faculty Award from UCSD-ERC. Professor Herbst designed and led global seminars abroad in Paris (Summer 2008) and Istanbul (Summer 2009 and 2010). For these efforts he received the Partners-in-International Education Award from the UCSD International Center in 2008 and an appointment as Faculty Fellow to the UCSD International House in 2010. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in History from the University of Michigan where he specialized in Byzantium, with sub-fields in Rome, Medieval West and Muslim Near East (to 1500). He studied History, Greek, and Latin at Binghamton University in NY where he earned his B.A. Prof. Herbst is a native and devotee of New York's Hudson Valley and enjoys literature, travelling, hiking, and time with family (as well as clowns, hermits, and college football).