The State of the Middle East: An Atlas of Conflict and Resolution / Edition 2

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A valuable tool for understanding the Middle East and global politics, this innovative and information-packed volume combines clear, analytical text with full-color maps and graphics to provide a comprehensive and accessible guide to the region today. As Western powers attempt to redraw the map of the region, Dan Smith uses his forensic skills to unravel this arena of confrontation and instability. With customarily acute analysis, he highlights key issues and maps their global implications to explain why the Middle East has become, and will remain, the focal point for international relations. Smith includes historical maps that show the making of the contemporary region as we recognize it today, as well as an original risk assessment that gauges the future of the Middle East and its implications for the world at large.

The Atlas covers a wide range of topics, including:

* U.S. presence and policies

* Arab-Israeli wars

* Israel and Palestine

* Iran and Iraq

* Military spending

* The Kurds and ethnic conflict

* Libya and the U.S.

* Oil and water

* Islam in the world

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This atlas by Smith (secretary-general, International Alert; The State of the World Atlas) successfully educates the reader about the Middle East region and the conflicts, both historical and modern, that have led to the current situation in this part of the world. In his introduction, Smith delves into the controversies surrounding even the definition of the region and the selection of countries it should include. The book, which contains 60 maps, five tables, and seven color illustrations, is divided into three sections. Part 1 examines the historical background of the Middle East, Part 2 focuses on the issues causing conflict, and Part 3 is a demographic comparison of the countries involved that addresses religion, health, government, and education. A brief index and simple glossary round out the book, which, although concise, fit the needs of the average user. Bottom Line The readable yet informed language of the text, combined with the multitude of visual aids, make this work accessible to the average reader while providing accurate and detailed information. This work should be considered for reference and undergraduate collections and would also be suitable in format and price for the circulating collections of most public libraries.-Lynne Minnick, Fort Vancouver Regional Lib., WA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520257535
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/2/2008
  • Edition description: Revised and Updated
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 963,253
  • Product dimensions: 9.72 (w) x 7.38 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Smith is Secretary-General of
International Alert and former Director of the International Peace Research
Institute, Oslo. He is author of The State of the World Atlas and The Atlas of War and Peace.

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Table of Contents

Glossary 13

Pt. 1 The Shaping of the Middle East 14

The Ottoman Empire 16

European Colonialism 20

The New Middle East after World War I 24

Decolonization 28

Arab Nationalism 32

The Formation of the State of Israel 36

Oil 42

The US Presence 46

Pt. 2 Arenas of Conflict 50

Arab-Israeli Warfare 52

Israel and Palestine 56

Lebanon 62

Syria 66

Libya 70

Egypt 72

Algeria 76

Iran 80

The Iran-Iraq War 84

Iraq 86

The Kurds 90

The Gulf Wars 94

Saudi Arabia 102

Danger and Opportunity 106

Pt. 3 The State of the Nations 112

Ethnicity and Language 114

Religion 116

Life Expectancy and Health 118

Population and Urbanization 120

Water and Sanitation 122

Education and Literacy 124

Government and Economy 126

Military Spending 128

Energy and Transportation 130

Water Resources 132

Labour and Migration 134

Refugees 136

Gender Equality 138

Human Rights 140

Sources 142

Index 146

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