Gulf States, The: A Modern History [NOOK Book]

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The geopolitical importance of the Gulf region is a source both of great interest and great tension. David Commins here provides an in-depth narrative of the modern political history of the Gulf States, offering a comprehensive and accessible account of their recent development and strategic importance._x000D__x000D_This book sets out a detailed study of the region’s history, starting from the empires and dynasties of the pre-modern era. Focusing primarily on economic, cultural, religious and social themes, it ...
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Gulf States, The: A Modern History

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Overview

The geopolitical importance of the Gulf region is a source both of great interest and great tension. David Commins here provides an in-depth narrative of the modern political history of the Gulf States, offering a comprehensive and accessible account of their recent development and strategic importance._x000D__x000D_This book sets out a detailed study of the region’s history, starting from the empires and dynasties of the pre-modern era. Focusing primarily on economic, cultural, religious and social themes, it works its way forward through the pre-modern patterns of the 14th century to the Muslim empires that dominated in the 16th to early 18th centuries, and from the era of British supremacy to the formation of modern states, Arab nationalism and revolution. The motifs of geography, hierarchy and values are interwoven throughout the book as it examines important topics, including the influence of the Ottoman Empire, the rise of Arab dynasties, oil wealth and modern prosperity, and the formation of the Gulf States as we know them today. Commins goes on to examine recent American_x000D_involvement in the region, taking examples of American intervention and influence from Kuwait and Iraq, to Iran, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Considering America’s increasing hegemony since the 1970s, the book compares the American role in the region to that of the earlier British supremacy - crucially linking the financial burdens of American actions to the US future as regional hegemon._x000D__x000D_With the importance and impact of the Gulf States continuing to increase, and their futures the subject of much international speculation, this book is an invaluable source of information on the Gulf region’s development, essential for students and researchers alike.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857730640
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • Publication date: 3/30/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

David Commins is Professor of History at Dickinson College, Pennsylvania. His prior publications include The Wahhabi Mission and Saudi Arabia (I.B.Tauris, 2006), Historical Dictionary of Syria (1996, revised edition 2004), and Islamic Reform: Politics and Social Change in Late Ottoman Syria (1990).

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Gulf
• Pre-Modern Historical Patterns to 1500
• Muslim and European Empires 1500-1720
• An Era of Political Turbulence 1720-1820
• The Era of British Supremacy 1820-1920
• The Formation of Modern States 1918-1956
• The Gulf in the Era of Arab Nationalism 1956-1971
• Affluence, Revolution and War 1971-1991
• American Intervention: A New Era or a Transitional Phase?

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