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Over the centuries, the Middle East has confounded the dreams of conquerors andpeacemakers alike. In this classic work, Peter Mansfield follows the historic struggle of the region over the last two hundred years. This new edition updates recent developments in the Middle East, including the turbulent events in Afghanistan, the troubled relationship between the U.S. and Iraq, the continuing Arab-Israeli conflict, and the rise of Islamic Jihad.

Incisive and illuminating, A History of the Middle East is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand what is perhaps the most crucial and volatile nerve center of the modern world. and remarkably inclusive. (The Times Educational Supplement)

Author Biography: 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.

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: 9780140169898
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/29/1992
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (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.

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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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