Sowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East

Sowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East

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by Rashid Khalidi
     
 

Acclaimed historian and political commentator Rashid Khalidi presents the compelling case that U.S. and Soviet intervention in the Middle East not only exacerbated civil wars and provoked the breakdown of fragile democracies, but continues to this day to shape global conflict in the region. Examining the strategic interplay of cold war superpowers, Khalidi explains

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Acclaimed historian and political commentator Rashid Khalidi presents the compelling case that U.S. and Soviet intervention in the Middle East not only exacerbated civil wars and provoked the breakdown of fragile democracies, but continues to this day to shape global conflict in the region. Examining the strategic interplay of cold war superpowers, Khalidi explains how the momentous events that have occurred over the last two decades—including two Gulf wars, the occupation of Iraq, and the rise of terrorism—can only be understood in light of this chilling legacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807003114
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
1,361,887
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

I Introduction : rethinking the Cold War in the Middle East 1

II Oil and the origins of the Cold War 40

III The Middle East and the international system 70

IV Superpower rivalry as a catalyst for conflict 102

V The Cold War and the undermining of democracy 159

VI Victory in the Cold War, and the global war on terror 201

Acknowledgments 247

Notes 252

Index 292

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