Pan-Arabism before Nasser: Egyptian Power Politics and the Palestine Question / Edition 1

Pan-Arabism before Nasser: Egyptian Power Politics and the Palestine Question / Edition 1

by Michael Scott Doran
     
 

This book aims to alter profoundly the accepted version of the history of post-World War II Egyptian foreign policy. To this end, Doran convincingly demonstrates the absence of any true pan-Arab front from the very beginning of the Arab League. Reconsidering Cairo's policy decisions during the critical years from 1944 to 1948, he proves that Egyptian national

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This book aims to alter profoundly the accepted version of the history of post-World War II Egyptian foreign policy. To this end, Doran convincingly demonstrates the absence of any true pan-Arab front from the very beginning of the Arab League. Reconsidering Cairo's policy decisions during the critical years from 1944 to 1948, he proves that Egyptian national interests were always placed before the united Arab front against Israel. Even while participating in the 1948 war with Israel, Egypt regarded Zionism and the Palestine Question as less important than achieving independence from Britain and thwarting the expansionist aims of Iraq and Jordan. Ultimately, this study is a bold rethinking of twentieth-century Middle Eastern politics and history, with key implications for both the study of the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict and the volatile politics of the Middle East in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195160086
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Series:
Studies in Middle Eastern History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

A Note on Transliteration and Terminology
Introduction3
1The Taproot of Egyptian Foreign Policy9
2In the American Era44
3The Keystone in the Arch66
4Palestine between the Regional Blocs94
5The Decision to Intervene128
6War and Containment156
Conclusion193
Notes197
Bibliography221
Index227

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