After taking roll yesterday I discovered that 2 must have cut and run…..class now down to 12.
I touched on Sykes-Picot….handed out a map of what was done…..and discussed the agreement….I told them that the agreement stabbed the Arabs in the back after they had been promised the Middle East…..the students asked questions most of which we the standard for people that do not understand the situation…like was it all about the oil? After a short pause I went straight to the American foreign policy event of this era….King-Crane Commission….
I began by asking the class if they had read the hand out I had given them…..source below…..
We discussed what the King-Crane hoped to accomplish……basically….
The King–Crane Commission, officially called the 1919 Inter-Allied Commission on Mandates in Turkey, was an official investigation by the United States government concerning the disposition of non-Turkish areas within the former Ottoman Empire. It was conducted to inform American policy about the region’s people and their desired future in regard to the previously decided partitioning of the Ottoman Empire and the League of Nations Mandate System. The Commission visited areas of Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, and Anatolia, surveyed local public opinion, and assessed its view on the best course of action for the region. The Commission was appointed by President Woodrow Wilson and comprised Henry Churchill King and Charles R. Crane. It began work in June 1919 and produced its report on 28 August 1919, though the report was not published until 1922.
The Commission’s work was undercut from the beginning by continuing and competing colonialist designs on the part of the United Kingdom and France, as indicated by their previous secret deals, their lack of a similar belief in public opinion, as well as the commission’s late start, and encountered delays; the 1919 Paris Peace Conference had largely concluded the area’s future by the time the report was finished.
The King-Crane commission was “the first-ever survey of Arab public opinion” and the fact its results went largely unheeded……this from another hand out I had passed to the students…..
I was happily surprised at the interest the students showed for this subject….
My time ended too quickly and told the class that we would finish up the King-Crane section and talk about the Balfour Declaration on Friday…..
Here I gave them a short time to discuss current events if they so desire…..and I told them that it would not be on the test Monday…..all went well and the students seemed to be fired up over the ISIS thingy but that was expected…….I also told my students that if they would like to do some independent study on this region to let me know and I would give them a list of sources that will help them in their research……