The Modern Middle East

The Modern Middle East : A History

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In the wake of 11 September 2001, there has been much talk about the inevitable clash between 'East' and 'West.' This book presents an alternative approach to understanding the genealogy of contemporary events. By taking students and the general reader on a guided tour of the past five hundred years of Middle Eastern history, this book examines how the very forces associated with global "modernity" have shaped social, economic, cultural, and political life in the region. Beginning with the first glimmerings of the current international state and economic systems in the sixteenth century, The Modern Middle East explores the impact of imperial and imperialist legacies, the great nineteenth-century transformation, cultural continuities and upheavals, international diplomacy, economic booms and busts, the emergence of authoritarian regimes, and the current challenges to those regimes on everyday life in an area of vital concern to us more

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 17.78mm | 476.27g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 43 halftones, 11 maps
  • 0195327594
  • 9780195327595
  • 791,185

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By far the most engaging survey of the history of the modern Middle East that I have read in a long time ... clearly written, often humorous, accessible to students and non-specialists and theoretically sophisticated. Dina Rizk Khoury, George Washington Universityshow more

About James L. Gelvin

James L. Gelvin is Professor of History at UCLA. An award-winning teacher, he is the author of The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War (2005), Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire (1998), and numerous shorter more

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