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History of the Middle East 2ND Edition Rev & Updby Peter Mansfield
Synopses & Reviews
The definitive history of the Middle East, thoroughly revised and updated through 2012
One of the most crucial, volatile, and complex regions of the modern world, the Middle East has long confounded the dreams of conquerors and peacemakers alike. This now-classic book, fully updated to 2012 and still the essential work on the subject, follows the historic struggles of the Middle East from Napoleonand#8217;s campaign in Egypt and Syria, through the slow decline and fall of the Ottoman Empire, to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the history of Islam and its recent resurgence.
For this fourth edition, Economist correspondent Nicolas Pelham contributes an extensive new section examining recent developments throughout the Middle East, including the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, the situation in Iran, the regionand#8217;s relations with the United States under President Obama, the Arab Spring, and more.
Now newly updated, this incisive and illuminating guide is hailed as "the best overall survey of the politics, regional rivalries, and economics of the contemporary Arab world" ("The Washington Post Book World").
Over the centuries, the Middle East has confounded the dreams of conquerors and peacemakers alike. In this classic work, Peter Mansfield follows the historic struggle of the region over the last two hundred years. This new edition updates recent developments in the Middle East, including the turbulent events in Afghanistan, the troubled relationship between the U.S. and Iraq, the continuing Arab-Israeli conflict, and the rise of Islamic Jihad.
Incisive and illuminating, A History of the Middle East is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand what is perhaps the most crucial and volatile nerve center of the modern world.
About the Author
Peter Mansfield (1928and#150;1996) corresponded regularly for the Financial Times, Economist, and London Sunday Times on Middle Eastern affairs. The author and editor of numerous works, he is best known for his comprehensive study The Arabs.
Nicholas Pelham has served as editor of the Middle East Times and writes frequently for the Economist and Financial Times.
Table of Contents
List of Maps
Foreword to the Second Edition
1. Introduction: from Ancient to Modern
2. Islam on the Defensive, 1800-
3. Muhammad Ali's Egypt: Ottoman Rival
4. The Struggle for Reform 1840-1900
5. Britain in Egypt, 1882-1914
6. Turks and Arabs
7. The Persian Factor
8. The Sick Man Dies: 1918
9. The Anglo-French Interregnum, 1918-1939
Partition of the Middle East
The Inter-war Years - Egypt; The Mandates
Oil and the Middle East
10. The Second World War and Its Aftermath
Middle East Reactions: Nationalism, Pan Arabism and Islam
11. The Entry of the Superpowers and the Nasser Era, 1950-1970
12. The Years of Turbulence
The Rise of the Oil states
Israel/Palestine and the Lebanese Victim
Islamic Reassertion, Revolution and War
Iraq's World Challenge
13. The Inter-war Years: Globalization and Counter-Globalization
Part One: The Emergence of Pax Americana
Iraq's Fight Back to the Fold
Part Two: Umpiring the Arab-Israeli War
Israel's Missed Opportunity for Peace
Part Three: The Dreams of Indepence and Internal Malaise
Part Four: The Rise of Muslim Liberation Theology
The Globalization of Islamic Jihad
14. Conclusion: Prospects for the Twenty-first Century
September 11 and the Militarization of Pax Americana
Repression and the Global Counter-jihad
Forget Not the Liberals
Notes on Further Reading
What Our Readers Are Saying
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