A History of the Modern Middle East

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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.

This comprehensive work provides an analysis of the last two centuries of Middle Eastern history, from the rise of the Safavids and Ottomans to the recent Gulf War. Explains the deep historical currents flowing beneath today's headlines--essential reading for anyone seeking a better understanding of today's turbulent world. Photos. Maps.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813305639
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 503
  • Lexile: 1450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.23 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

1 The rise and expansion of Islam 5
2 The development of Islamic civilization to the fifteenth century 19
3 The Ottoman and Safavid empires : a new imperial synthesis 37
4 Forging a new synthesis : the pattern of reforms, 1789-1849 61
5 The Ottoman empire and Egypt during the era of the Tanzimat 81
6 Egypt and Iran in the late nineteenth century 103
7 The response of Islamic society 119
8 The era of the young Turks and the Iranian constitutionalists 133
9 World War I and the end of the Ottoman order 149
10 Authoritarian reform in Turkey and Iran 175
11 The Arab struggle for independence : Egypt, Iraq, and Transjordan from the interwar era to 1945 193
12 The Arab struggle for independence : Syria, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia from the interwar era to 1945 217
13 The Palestine mandate and the birth of the state of Israel 239
14 Democracy and authoritarianism : Turkey and Iran 275
15 The Middle East in the age of Nasser : the Egyptian base 301
16 The Middle East in the age of Nasser : the radicalization of Arab politics 323
17 Israel and the Palestinians from 1948 to the 1970s 345
18 Changing patterns of war and peace : Egypt and Lebanon in the 1970s and 1980s 373
19 The consolidation of authoritarian rule in Syria and Iraq : the regimes of Hafiz al-Asad and Saddam Husayn 397
20 The Iranian revolution and the resurgence of Islam 423
21 The Arabian Peninsula in the petroleum era 451
22 Challenges to the existing order : the Palestinian uprising and the Gulf War 473
23 A peace so near, a peace so far : Israeli-Palestinian relations since the Gulf War 499
24 Patterns of continuity and change in the Central Middle East since the Gulf War 519
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