Geography determines development in the Middle East

Maps can be a powerful tool for understanding the world, particularly the Middle East, a place in many ways shaped by changing political borders and demographics. Here are 40 maps crucial for understanding the Middle East — its history, its present, and some of the most important stories in the region today.

Directions: Synthesize information from multiple maps to analyze historical causes to Middle Eastern conflicts today. 

Go here and analyze the three maps entitled, 

#1 "The fertile crescent, the cradle of civilization," #7 "What the Middle East looked like in 1914" and #8 "The Sykes-Picot treaty that carved up the Middle East."

Answer the following questions

1- What region of the world did civilization begin?

2- How many years ago did people begin to farm there? (Hint- it is 2017 now)

3-What world event began in 1914?

4-The Central Powers (Germany and the Ottoman Empire) lost World War One. What impact did this have on the Middle East?

5-(Critical Thinking) Why does the Sykes-Picot treaty still cause conflict today?

X-Factor- Create a solution (in place of the Sykes-Picot treaty) which would have led to less conflict in the Middle East today?