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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.
|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|