If you are looking to find me this weekend, I will be planted firmly in the library, working on the history of modern Syria. It is admittedly a little bit more difficult than I anticipated, because pulling it all together and deciding which parts are relevant and which are not is quite the task. The Baath party has, if nothing else, been prolific when it comes to headlines. It’s also difficult to decide if I should include history from other countries that will be relevant in discussion of the topic later. It’s also hard to figure out the detail I need to go into, or what will just be making the essay unnecessarily long. The good news, however, is that the Baath party is really quite interesting.
I’m not really going to break down the current events of this past week, mostly because there were not many overly important news stories this week, and because I devoted most of this week to going over the history before locking myself in the library to work on this background history.
In other news, I am reaching back out to my mentor, because in the near future I will actually need his help. Most of the background is much more straightforward than the development of the thesis and all of the modern, more interpretive stuff. We haven’t really been super in touch this past month, but mostly just because I didn’t need support. Now, I am hoping to set up a meeting and become much more actively in contact.