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A History of the Middle East: Fourth Edition / Edition 3

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Overview

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.

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Reprint of the esteemed Penguin Books edition of 1991. No new material. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143121909
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 323,988
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Mansfield (1928–1996) corresponded regularly for the Financial Times, Economist, and London Sunday Times on Middle Eastern affairs. The author and editor of numerous works, he is best known for his comprehensive study The Arabs.

Nicholas Pelham has served as editor of the Middle East Times and writes frequently for the Economist and Financial Times.

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Table of Contents

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
Index 361
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