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Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present


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Covering more than two hundred years of history, a study of American involvement in the Middle East ranges from the battle against the Barbary pirates and early explorers in the region to the conquest of Fallujah, examining the diverse roles of American statesmen, merchants, soldiers, missionaries, explorers, and others in shaping this troubled region. Reprint. 70,000 first printing.

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Chronology — Prologue: A passage to glory — Introduction: Recovering a pivotal past — pt. 1: Early America encounters the Middle East. A mortal and mortifying threat ; The hostile and ethereal Orient ; A crucible of American identity ; Illuminating and emancipating the world — pt. 2: The Middle East and antebellum America. Confluence and conflict ; Manifest Middle Eastern destiny ; Under American eyes — pt. 3: The Civil War and Reconstruction. Fission ; Rebs and Yanks on the Nile ; The trumpet that never calls retreat ; American onslaught ; Resurgence — pt. 4: The age of imperialism. Empires at dawn ; Imperial piety ; Imperial myths ; A region renamed and reordered — pt. 5: America, the Middle East, and the Great War. Spectators of catastrophe ; Action or nonaction? ; An American movement is born ; Arise, o Arabs, and awake! ; The first Middle East peace process ; Fantasies revived — pt. 6: Oil, war, and ascendancy. From Bibles to drill bits ; An insoluble conflict evolves ; A torch for the Middle East ; The Middle East and the man from Missouri — pt. 7: In search of Pax Americana. Harmony and hegemony ; The thirty years' war — Epilogue: A profound and visceral gratitude.

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W. W. Norton & Company
Oren, Michael B.
History : Middle East - General
History : United States - General
History : Military - United States
Publication Date:
April 2011

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History and Social Science » World History » Middle East

Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present
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