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Overview

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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"Gelvin evokes a fascinating tale of the intersection of the forces of progress, reformation, revolution and imperialism that have collectively defined the modern Middle East. His cogent and crisply written history now sets the standard for serious surveys of the region."--Ussama Makdisi, Rice University

"By far the most engaging survey of the modern Middle East that I have read in a long time. . . . clearly written, often humorous, accessible to students and non-specialists and theoretically sophisticated."--Dina Rizk Khoury, George Washington University

"An important and much-needed conceptual approach to the modern history of the Middle East."--Edmund "Terry" Burke III, University of California, Santa Cruz

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195167894
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/29/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 337
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.80 (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 Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War (2005, 2007), Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire (1998), and numerous shorter works.

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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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