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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 Napoleon’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 region’s relations with the United States under President Obama, the Arab Spring, and more.
While the struggle for peace in the Middle East remains one of the greatest challenges facing the world today, here is a fascinating and meticulously researched history of the region. In this masterful work, Mansfield explores two centuries of history in the volatile Middle East, creating a revealing political and social portrait.
|1||Introduction: from Ancient to Modern||1|
|2||Islam on the Defensive, 1800-||35|
|3||Muhammad Ali's Egypt: Ottoman Rival||46|
|4||The Struggle for Reform, 1840-1900||63|
|5||Britain in Egypt, 1882-1914||85|
|6||Turks and Arabs||114|
|7||The Persian Factor||136|
|8||The Sick Man Dies: 1918||149|
|9||The Anglo-French Interregnum, 1918-1939||167|
|10||The Second World War and its Aftermath||219|
|11||The Entry of the Superpowers and the Nasser Era, 1950-1970||239|
|12||The Years of Turbulence||280|
|13||Prospects for the Twenty-first Century||339|
|Notes on Further Reading||354|