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A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East

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Published with a new afterword from the author—the classic, bestselling account of how the modern Middle East was created

The Middle East has long been a region of rival religions, ideologies, nationalisms, and ambitions. All of these conflicts—including the hostilities between Arabs and Israelis, and the violent challenges posed by Iraqs competing sects—are rooted in the regions political inheritance: the arrangements, unities, and divisions imposed by the Allies after the First World War.

In A Peace to End All Peace, David Fromkin reveals how and why the Allies drew lines on an empty map that remade the geography and politics of the Middle East. Focusing on the formative years of 1914 to 1922, when all seemed possible, he delivers in this sweeping and magisterial book the definitive account of this defining time, showing how the choices narrowed and the Middle East began along a road that led to the conflicts and confusion that continue to this day.

A new afterword from Fromkin, written for this edition of the book, includes his invaluable, updated assessment of this region of the world today, and on what this history has to teach us.

David Fromkin is a professor at Boston University and the author of several acclaimed books of nonfiction, including The King and the Cowboy: Theodore Roosevelt and Edward the Seventh, Secret Partners. He lives in New York City.

A New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year

The Middle East has long been a region of rival religions, ideologies, nationalisms, and ambitions. All of these conflicts—including the hostilities between Arabs and Israelis, and the violent challenges posed by Iraqs competing sects—are rooted in the regions political inheritance: the arrangements, unities, and divisions imposed by the Allies after the First World War.

In A Peace to End All Peace, David Fromkin reveals how and why the Allies drew lines on an empty map that remade the geography and politics of the Middle East. Focusing on the formative years of 1914 to 1922, when all seemed possible, he delivers in this sweeping and magisterial book the definitive account of this defining time, showing how the choices narrowed and the Middle East began along a road that led to the conflicts and confusion that continue to this day.

A new afterword from Fromkin, written for this edition of the book, includes his invaluable, updated assessment of this region of the world today, and on what this history has to teach us.

"One of the first books to take an effective panoramic view of what was happening, not only in Egypt, Palestine, Turkey, and the Arab regions of Asia but also in Afghanistan and central Asia . . . Readers will come away from A Peace to End All Peace not only enlightened but challenged—challenged in a way that is brought home by the irony of the title."—The New York Times Book Review
"One of the first books to take an effective panoramic view of what was happening, not only in Egypt, Palestine, Turkey, and the Arab regions of Asia but also in Afghanistan and central Asia . . . Readers will come away from A Peace to End All Peace not only enlightened but challenged—challenged in a way that is brought home by the irony of the title."—The New York Times Book Review
 
"For journalists in the Middle East, Fromkin has near biblical status."—Robert F. Worth, The New York Times

"Wonderful . . . No book published in recent years has more lasting relevance to our understanding of the Middle East."—Jack Miles, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Ambitious and splendid . . . An epic tale of ruin and disillusion . . . of great men, their large deeds and even larger follies."—Fouad Ajami, The Wall Street Journal

"An extraordinarily ambitious, provocative and vividly written account of the crucial episode in the history of the contemporary Middle East."—Reid Beddow, The Washington Post Book World

"[It] achieves an ideal of historical writing: its absorbing narrative not only recounts past events but offers a useful way to think about them . . . The book demands close attention and repays it."—Naomi Bliven, The New Yorker

"This book should be must-reading for U.S. foreign policy-makers."—Forbes

 
"An account of distant lands and peoples bartered by European colonial powers, of intriguers, idealists, swindlers, and megalomaniacs . . . Superbly told."—Michael D. Young, The Baltimore Sun

"Turns history into entertaining drama."—Steve Weingartner, Booklist

Synopsis:

In 1914, the Middle East was still dominated, as it had been for some four centuries, by the Ottoman empire; by 1923, its political shape had changed beyond recognition as the result of the insistent claims of Arab and Turkish nationalism and of Zionism. This book examines that historic transformation, taking as its focus the work of three leaders. The Hashemite Emir Feisal hoped to head an Arab kingdom but was thwarted by the French. The Turkish war hero Mustafa Kemal defied the imperial ambitions of the European powers to inspire a new Turkish nationalism, founding a secular republic on the ruins of the defeated empire.and#160; The Russian-born scientist Chaim Weizmann seized the chance to secure the Balfour Declaration in favour of Zionism from the British in 1917, and then successfully argued for a British Mandate for Palestine which would carry this out.and#160;

These events set the pattern for what was to follow in much of the Middle East to the present day, including the popular uprisings witnessed in Egypt and Tunisia in 2011. This book, based on extensive research, is a clear account of how the region as we now know it emerged from World War One and its aftermath, with legacies which ought not to be ignored.

For the first time the ongoing conflict in the Middle East is not presented from one perspective, but approached from a transnational angle and set against a multi-faceted historical background.

Synopsis:

A century ago, as World War I got underway, the Middle East was dominated, as it had been for centuries, by the Ottoman Empire. But by 1923, its political shape had changed beyond recognition, as the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the insistent claims of Arab and Turkish nationalism and Zionism led to a redrawing of borders and shuffling of alliancesandmdash;a transformation whose consequences are still felt today.

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;

This fully revised and updated second edition of The Makers of the Modern Middle East traces those changes and the ensuing history of the region through the rest of the twentieth century and on to the present. Focusing in particular on three leadersandmdash;Emir Feisal, Mustafa Kemal, and Chaim Weizmannandmdash;the book offers a clear, authoritative account of the region seen from a transnational perspective, one that enables readers to understand its complex history and the way it affects present-day events.

Synopsis:

Published with a new afterword from the author—the classic, bestselling account of how the modern Middle East was created

The Middle East has long been a region of rival religions, ideologies, nationalisms, and ambitions. All of these conflicts—including the hostilities between Arabs and Israelis, and the violent challenges posed by Iraqs competing sects—are rooted in the regions political inheritance: the arrangements, unities, and divisions imposed by the Allies after the First World War.

In A Peace to End All Peace, David Fromkin reveals how and why the Allies drew lines on an empty map that remade the geography and politics of the Middle East. Focusing on the formative years of 1914 to 1922, when all seemed possible, he delivers in this sweeping and magisterial book the definitive account of this defining time, showing how the choices narrowed and the Middle East began along a road that led to the conflicts and confusion that continue to this day.

A new afterword from Fromkin, written for this edition of the book, includes his invaluable, updated assessment of this region of the world today, and on what this history has to teach us.

About the Author

David Fromkin is a professor at Boston University and the author of several acclaimed books of nonfiction, including The King and the Cowboy: Theodore Roosevelt and Edward the Seventh, Secret Partners. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805088090
Author:
Fromkin, David
Publisher:
Holt McDougal
Author:
Fraser, T. G.
Author:
Oakes, Kaya
Author:
McNamara, Robert
Author:
Mango, Andrew
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Great Britain Foreign relations.
Subject:
Middle East Foreign relations.
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Subject:
Treaties
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Second edition
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 maps
Pages:
358
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
In 1914, the Middle East was still dominated, as it had been for some four centuries, by the Ottoman empire; by 1923, its political shape had changed beyond recognition as the result of the insistent claims of Arab and Turkish nationalism and of Zionism. This book examines that historic transformation, taking as its focus the work of three leaders. The Hashemite Emir Feisal hoped to head an Arab kingdom but was thwarted by the French. The Turkish war hero Mustafa Kemal defied the imperial ambitions of the European powers to inspire a new Turkish nationalism, founding a secular republic on the ruins of the defeated empire.and#160; The Russian-born scientist Chaim Weizmann seized the chance to secure the Balfour Declaration in favour of Zionism from the British in 1917, and then successfully argued for a British Mandate for Palestine which would carry this out.and#160;

These events set the pattern for what was to follow in much of the Middle East to the present day, including the popular uprisings witnessed in Egypt and Tunisia in 2011. This book, based on extensive research, is a clear account of how the region as we now know it emerged from World War One and its aftermath, with legacies which ought not to be ignored.

For the first time the ongoing conflict in the Middle East is not presented from one perspective, but approached from a transnational angle and set against a multi-faceted historical background.

"Synopsis" by ,
A century ago, as World War I got underway, the Middle East was dominated, as it had been for centuries, by the Ottoman Empire. But by 1923, its political shape had changed beyond recognition, as the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the insistent claims of Arab and Turkish nationalism and Zionism led to a redrawing of borders and shuffling of alliancesandmdash;a transformation whose consequences are still felt today.

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;

This fully revised and updated second edition of The Makers of the Modern Middle East traces those changes and the ensuing history of the region through the rest of the twentieth century and on to the present. Focusing in particular on three leadersandmdash;Emir Feisal, Mustafa Kemal, and Chaim Weizmannandmdash;the book offers a clear, authoritative account of the region seen from a transnational perspective, one that enables readers to understand its complex history and the way it affects present-day events.

"Synopsis" by ,

Published with a new afterword from the author—the classic, bestselling account of how the modern Middle East was created

The Middle East has long been a region of rival religions, ideologies, nationalisms, and ambitions. All of these conflicts—including the hostilities between Arabs and Israelis, and the violent challenges posed by Iraqs competing sects—are rooted in the regions political inheritance: the arrangements, unities, and divisions imposed by the Allies after the First World War.

In A Peace to End All Peace, David Fromkin reveals how and why the Allies drew lines on an empty map that remade the geography and politics of the Middle East. Focusing on the formative years of 1914 to 1922, when all seemed possible, he delivers in this sweeping and magisterial book the definitive account of this defining time, showing how the choices narrowed and the Middle East began along a road that led to the conflicts and confusion that continue to this day.

A new afterword from Fromkin, written for this edition of the book, includes his invaluable, updated assessment of this region of the world today, and on what this history has to teach us.

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