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Dr. Roberts Presents Paper at AHA Annual Conference

Jan 12, 2009

Dr. Timothy Roberts, Assistant Professor of History at WIU, made a presentation at the American Historical Association's Annual Conference on teaching overseas about the Civil War.

Drawing on his experience at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, Dr. Roberts described how Turkish politics and culture influenced his understanding of the American Civil War and how he taught about the conflict to Turkish students. Turkey has experienced several developments that shaped students' perceptions of America's great sectional crisis, including tension over Kurdish separatism, the rise of religious conservatism, opposition to America's intervention in Iraq, and the authoritarian legacy of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Prof. Roberts sought to draw parallels between these aspects of Turkish history and American culture and political leadership during the early republic and Civil War era. Teaching overseas in a developing nation reinforced to Dr. Roberts the costs and accomplishments of America's early nation-building struggles.

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