A History of the Modern Middle East

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Westview Press, 2004 - History - 588 pages
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This comprehensive work provides a penetrating analysis of modern Middle Eastern history, from the Ottoman and Egyptian reforms, through the challenge of Western imperialism, to the Iranian Revolution and the Gulf War. After introducing the reader to the region's history from the origins of Islam in the seventh century, Cleveland focuses on the past two centuries of profound and often dramatic change. While built around a framework of political history, the book also carefully integrates social, cultural, and economic developments into a single, carefully crafted account. The revised and updated third edition of this benchmark text places the developments of the 1990s in a new historical perspective and includes an examination of key events of the early twenty-first century. An epilogue offers a critical evaluation, from a historian's perspective, of the al-Qa'ida attacks of September 11th, 2001 and the early phases of the US occupation of Iraq.
  

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User Review  - KirkLowery - LibraryThing

Beginning with the Ottoman Empire, he traces events right down to the Iraq war. It made clear the Sunni/Shia division, along with the other ethnic ones as well as clarifying the politics that the US has played in the region. All of a sudden, the newspapers began to make sense. Read full review

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Great analysis and in depth study. Read full review

Contents

PA RT
57
The Interwar Era to
171
Transjordan from the Interwar Era to 1945
193
Syria Lebanon
217
The Palestine Mandate and the Birth of the State of Israel
239
PART FOUR
273
The Egyptian Base
301
The Radicalization
323
The Iranian Revolution and the Resurgence of Islam
423
The Arabian Peninsula in the Petroleum Era
451
The Palestinian Uprising
473
IsraeliPalestinian
499
Patterns of Continuity and Change in the Central Middle East
519
Epilogue
541
Select Bibliography
555
Index
579

Israel and the Palestinians from 1948 to the 1970s
345
PART FIVE
369

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About the author (2004)

William Cleveland is professor of history at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Vancouver, British Columbia.

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