Dr. Mark L. Stein
I teach history for the same reasons that I was drawn to study history in the first place: I want to understand the societies and civilizations of the past in order to better understand our present. In my courses I not only focus on the events and peoples of the past, but also on the methods that historians use to uncover those details. I emphasize using primary sources of all kinds: government records, literature, personal journals, treaties, art and architecture.
My focus is the history of the Middle East. This is a widely misunderstood region yet one that is vital to our highly interconnected, globalized world. I try to help students recognize the preconceptions that they bring to the class and how other people view their own history and that of the world.
My research focus is the social and economic history of the Ottoman Empire. This is a broad area, as the Ottomans ruled the Middle East and Southeastern Europe for more than 600 years. Specifically, I have investigated the military frontier between the Ottomans and the Habsburg Empire in Hungary in the 17th century. I am currently working on three projects: