The Modern Middle East: A History / Edition 3

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Newly revised and updated to explain events that have occurred since the American occupation of Iraq, the second edition of The Modern Middle East: A History explores how the forces associated with global modernity have shaped the social, economic, cultural, and political life in the region over the course of the past 500 years. Beginning with the first glimmerings of the current international state and economic systems in the sixteenth century, this book examines the impact of imperial and imperialist legacies, the great nineteenth-century transformation, cultural continuities and upheavals, international diplomacy, economic booms and busts, the emergence of authoritarian regimes, and the current challenges to those regimes on everyday life in an area of vital concern to us all.
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"This is without question the best survey of modern Middle Eastern history currently available in English. It is comprehensive, lucid, nuanced and up-to-date, but it is also a good read-very well-written and entirely accessible to students and general readers alike. I recommend it without hesitation to anyone who wants to acquire a solid understanding of the history of this region from the late Ottoman period onward, and it's a must-read for people who really want to make sense of what is going on in this region today."—Zachary Lockman, New York University

"Gelvin's book is among the very best overviews of the modern Middle East. Its great virtue is that he lets readers in on the really exciting thing about this history—the debate over what has driven the region's dramatic developments. He is also attentive to the history of social classes—beyond just the political elite—and to that of major social movements. It is an essential text for our time."—Juan Cole, University of Michigan

"The Modern Middle East is by far the best textbook for introductory and survey courses. In a humorous and conversational style, it offers a substantial analytical and interpretive framework, not just a litany of dry facts that most students will likely forget after their exams. The book accomplishes two objectives at once: it teaches students how to think about history and it introduces them to many of the key issues of the modern Middle East."—Joel Beinin, Stanford University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199766055
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/4/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 87,234
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

James L. Gelvin is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. An award-winning teacher, he is the author of The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know (2015), The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War (2014), Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire (1998), and numerous shorter works. He is also coeditor of Global Muslims in the Age of Steam and Print.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : September 11 in historical perspective 1
1 From late antiquity to the dawn of a new age 15
2 Gunpowder empires 27
3 The Middle East and the modern world system 35
4 War, diplomacy, and the new global balance of power 47
5 Defensive developmentalism 73
6 Imperialism 88
7 Wasif Jawhariyyeh and the great nineteenth-century transformation 100
Photo essay : the great transformation 111
8 The life of the mind 123
9 Secularism and modernity 132
10 Constitutionalism 139
11 State-building by decree 175
12 State-building by revolution and conquest 186
13 The introduction and spread of nationalism 197
14 The origins of the Arab-Israeli dispute 206
15 State and society in the contemporary Middle East : an old/new relationship 231
16 Oil 247
17 The United States and the Middle East 257
18 Israel, the Arab states, and the Palestinians 268
19 The Iranian revolution 278
20 Islamic political movements 291
Conclusion : the Middle East in the "age of globalization" 300
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