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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 American invasion of Iraq and Iran’s new influence in the region. After introducing the reader to the region’s history from the origins of Islam in the seventh century, A History of the Modern Middle East focuses on the past two centuries of profound and often dramatic change. Although built around a framework of political history, the book also carefully integrates social, cultural, and economic developments into a single, expertly crafted account. In updating this fourth edition of the late William Cleveland’s popular introductory text, Martin Bunton addresses recent transformative developments in the Middle East, charting the decline in the peace prospects between Israelis and Palestinians, elaborating upon the resurgence of Islam, and devoting a new chapter to “America’s Troubled Moment in the Middle East,” which details the aftermath of the Iraq war and Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

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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Editorial Reviews

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“This volume is history in the best sense. … A superbly written analysis of the social and political disruptions of the Middle East. This updated volume does an excellent job of weaving together various strands of a complex subject in a coherent narrative. It is recommended reading for all serious students who want to understand how the Middle East got to where it is today.”
—Phebe Marr, author of The Modern History of Iraq and fellow at the U.S. Institute for Peace

"This extensive and lucid book provides a laudable introduction to the political history of the Middle East, tracing its development from Islam's rise in the seventh century to the recent direct American military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. . . . Does a commendable job in linking historical events in fluid, logical narrative sequences that help readers unfamiliar with the Middle East connect the events."
—American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences

“This is the best comprehensive survey of modern Middle East history in the literature. The authors excel at translating complex and controversial subject matter in a highly readable manner without sacrificing cogent and insightful analysis. I highly recommend it.”
—David W. Lesch, professor of Middle East History, Trinity University

This excellent survey has been used in many colleges and universities as a standard text since its first edition...In this particularly turbulent period of history, this book should be of interest not only to students, but also to every citizen who has to make some judgment, one way or another, about the US role in the Middle East.

William L. Cleveland updates his text on modern Middle Eastern history in this third edition, focusing on political, social, economic, and ideological developments throughout the region. Cleveland makes it clear that this book is meant to be 'an examination of the past, not of the present or the future,' but reserves space in the Epilogue to discuss the ramifications of the September 11th terrorist attacks and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Middle East Journal

Highly recommended for anyone interested in a remarkably well-crafted introduction to the history, politics, and international relations of the Middle East.
International Journal


Lucidly written, well researched and an ideal work of introduction and reference for students of the region.
Middle Eastern Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813343747
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/4/2009
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition, Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

The late William L. Cleveland was professor of history at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Martin Bunton is an associate professor of history at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. He is the author of Colonial Land Policies in Palestine, 1917–1936 (2007).

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Table of Contents

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Pt. 1 The Development of Islamic Civilization to the Eighteenth Century 1

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

Pt. 2 The Beginnings of the Era of Transformation 57

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

Pt. 3 The Struggle for Independence: The Interwar Era to the End of World War II 171

10 Authoritarian Reform in Turkey and Iran 175

11 T he 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

Pt. 4 The Independent Middle East from the End of World War II to the 1970s 273

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

Pt. 5 A Time of Upheaval and Renewal: The Middle East from the 1970s to the 2000s 369

18 Changing Patterns of War and Peace: Egypt and Lebanon in the 1970s and 1980s 373

19 The Consolidation of Authoritarian Rule in Syria andIraq: 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 1991 Gulf War 473

23 A Peace so Near, a Peace so Far: Israeli-Palestinian Relations Since the 1991 Gulf War 499

24 Patterns of Continuity and Change Since the 1991 Gulf War 527

25 America's Troubled Moment in the Middle East 557

Glossary 577

Select Bibliography 583

Index 609

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