The Arab Spring: Change and Resistance in the Middle East

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The Arab Spring unexpectedly developed in late 2010 with peaceful protests in a number of Arab countries against long-standing, entrenched regimes, and rapid political change across the region ensued. The Arab Spring: Change and Resistance in the Middle East examines these revolutions and their aftermath. Noted authorities writing specifically for this volume contribute chapters focusing on countries directly or indirectly involved, illuminating the immediate and long-term impacts of the revolutions in the region and throughout the world. A thoughtful concluding chapter ties together key themes, while also delineating persistent myths and misinterpretations. This is an essential volume for students and scholars of the Middle East, as well as anyone seeking a fuller understanding of region and what may lie ahead.
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Editorial Reviews

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"The best general book on the Arab Spring so far. Covers all the ground. Makes all the necessary distinctions between the popular uprisings. And draws many useful lessons."
Roger Owen, Harvard University

"This collection is the most comprehensive to appear since the ‘Arab Spring’ erupted at the end of 2010. Part I includes contributions on Tunisia, Egypt and Libya that completed revolutions, Syria that is still undergoing one, and Saudi Arabia and Jordan that have so far managed to avoid them. Part II concentrates on the regional and international responses to the 'Arab Spring'. The collection is bookended by the editors’ thoughtful introductory chapter framing the topic and a perceptive concluding chapter by the historian James Gelvin. This book is highly recommended."
Philip S. Khoury, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813348193
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 11/27/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 485,958
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark L. Haas is associate professor in the Political Science Department and the Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He is the author of The Clash of Ideologies and The Ideological Origins of Great Power Politics, 1789–1989, and coeditor of The Middle East and the United States (Westview Press).

David W. Lesch is professor of Middle East history and chair of the History Department at Trinity University. Dr. Lesch is the author of several books, including Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad and The New Lion of Damascus, and coeditor of The Middle East and the United States (Westview Press).

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Table of Contents

Map ix

Preface xi

A Note on the Text xiii

Introduction Mark L. Haas David W. Lesch 1

Part I Spring in the Arab World 11

1 From Sidi Bou Zid to Sidi Bou Said: A Longue Durée Approach to the Tunisian Revolutions Julia Clancy-Smith 13

2 Egypt: The Origins and Consequences of the January 25 Uprising Bruce K. Rutherford 35

3 The Arab Spring: Libya's Second Revolution Mary-Jane Deeb 64

4 The Uprising That Wasn't Supposed to Happen: Syria and the Arab Spring David W. Lesch 79

5 Oil, Sauid Arabia, and the Spring That Has Not Come Steve A. Yetiv 97

6 Jordan and the Arab Spring Curtis R. Ryan 116

Part II The Regional and International Context of the Arab Spring 131

7 The Gift and the Curse: Iran and the Arab Spring Reza Marashi Trita Parsi 133

8 Turkey and the Arab Spring: Ideological Promotion in a Revolutionary Era Mark L. Haas 152

9 Israel and the Arab Spring: The Victory of Anxiety Ilan Peleg 174

10 Russia and the Arab Spring: A Preliminary Appraisal Robert O. Freedman 195

11 Same Old Story? Obama and the Arab Uprisings Jeremy Pressman 219

12 Conclusion: The Arab World at the Intersection of the National and Transnational James L. Gelvin 238

About the Contributors 257

Index 261

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