The Modern Middle East / Edition 2

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This hugely successful, ground-breaking book is the first introductory textbook on the Modern Middle East to foreground the urban, rural, cultural and women’s histories of the region over its political and economic history.

Ilan Pappé begins his narrative at the end of the First World War with the Ottoman heritage, and concludes at the present day with the political discourse of Islam. Providing full geographical coverage of the region, The Modern Middle East:

  • opens with a carefully argued introduction which outlines the methodology used in the textbook
  • provides a thematic and comparative approach to the region, helping students to see the peoples of the Middle East and the developments that affect their lives as part of a larger world
  • includes insights gained from new historiographical trends and a critical approach to conventional state- and nation-centred historiographies
  • includes case studies, debates, maps, photos, an up-to-date bibliography and a glossarial index.

This second edition has been brought right up to date with recent events, and includes a new chapter on the media revolution and the effect of media globalization on the Middle East, and a revised and expanded discussion on modern Iranian history.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'An important survey of the vital and much-neglected cultural and social history of the region.' – John Chalcraft, Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK

'In his expansive survey of Middle Eastern history over the last century, Ilan Pappe questions modernization as the best framework for understanding the history and seeks to provide an alternative that devotes much-needed attention to the ways in which non-elite groups were affected by, and participated in, the dramatic political, social, economic and cultural transformations of the period.'Zachary Lockman, Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University, USA

'Pappe directly challenges the negative stereotype of the Middle East as an undemocratic and pre-modern zone. He does this in an engaging manner, weaving his accessible narrative through chapters on political and economic history, rural history, popular music, the print and visual media, histories of Middle Eastern women, Islam and the region in the globalised 21st Century.' – The Times Higher Educational Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415543729
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/26/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ilan Pappé is Professor at the Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, Co- Director of the Exeter Centre for Ethnopolitical Studies, and Director of the Exeter Centre for Palestine Studies.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations Preface to the first edition Preface to the second edition Preface to the third edition Introduction: whose ‘modern times’? 1 The political and economic background 2 The rural history of the Middle East in the twentieth century 3 Urban history 4 Popular culture: music, dance and arts 5 The history of the written word 6 Histories of Middle Eastern women 8 The many faces of Religion in the twenty-first century 9 The new media revolution 10 The globalized Middle East in the twenty-first century: three final aspects 11 The ‘Arab Spring’: A Defining Moment for Middle Eastern Scholars Notes Bibliography Picture credits Index

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