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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User Review  - Ahmed El - Goodreads

An incredibly well crafted accounted of the many complexities and misfortunes of middle eastern history. While large in scope (from the 7th century till 2003) this books never fails to remain digestible and engaging. Read full review

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

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