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

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Overview

"This book aims to alter profoundly the accepted version of the history of post-World War II Egyptian foreign policy. Michael Doran convincingly demonstrates the absence of any true pan-Arab front from the very beginning of the Arab League. Pan-Arabism before Nasser: Egyptian Power Politics and the Palestine Question argues that, in the late 1940s, Cairo pursued a single-minded foreign policy designed to drive Great Britain, the enemy of Egyptian independence, out of the Middle East. This struggle generated the secondary goal of Egyptian foreign policy: undermining the Middle Eastern states working to sustain British influence in the region." "While uncovering a significant dimension of the Arab-Israeli conflict, Doran also lays the foundation for a new understanding of Egyptian foreign policy. He argues persuasively that pan-Arabism, a policy that historians have traditionally associated with the rise of Gamal Abd al-Nasser in the middle 1950s, actually originated under the old regime." Pan-Arabism before Nasser 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. It will appeal to students, scholars, and professionals in several disciplines.
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"Doran's book remains a bold, original, and tightly argued interpretation of Egyptian foreign policy."--The New York Review of Books

"He argues his case well, in considerable detail, and with specific and appropriate references and quotations from British and Arab documents, memoirs, and monographs."--Choice

"Doran's lucid analysis and bristling detail make this an important contribution to the literature."--Foreign Affairs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195160086
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Studies in Middle Eastern History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Doran is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Central Florida.

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Table of Contents

A Note on Transliteration and Terminology
Introduction 3
1 The Taproot of Egyptian Foreign Policy 9
2 In the American Era 44
3 The Keystone in the Arch 66
4 Palestine between the Regional Blocs 94
5 The Decision to Intervene 128
6 War and Containment 156
Conclusion 193
Notes 197
Bibliography 221
Index 227
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