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The Middle East in International Relations: Power, Politics and Ideology

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The international relations of the Middle East have long been dominated by uncertainty and conflict. External intervention, interstate war, political upheaval and interethnic violence are compounded by the vagaries of oil prices and the claims of military, nationalist and religious movements. The purpose of this book is to set this region and its conflicts in context, providing on the one hand a historical introduction to its character and problems, and on the other a reasoned analysis of its politics.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"In his new book...Mr. Halliday offers an authoritative analysis of the armed conflict, social upheaval and political economics that formed the background to the attack on America in 2001 and the invasion of Iraq nearly two years later." The Economist

"For the past ten years, I have been teaching a course on international relations of the Middle East, and each year Ihope to find a book that will serve as a thoughtful, provocative, and informed introduction to the topic for bright undergraduate students. Now I think I have found the book with the publication of Fred Halliday's The Middle East in International Relations"
The International History Review, William B. Quandt, University of Virginia

"This book is a rich feast, in its language, opinion, conceptual analysis, and overarching vision."
Middle East Journal

"Of the dozens of scholars who have sought to explain developments in the Middle East since 9/11, few are better equipped for the task than is Fred Halliday."
Douglas Little, The Geographical Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521592406
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2005
  • Series: Contemporary Middle East Series , #4
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred Halliday is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics. His publications include Two Hours that Shook the World (2001) and Nation and Religion in the Middle East (2000).
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Table of Contents

Introduction : world politics, the Middle East and the complexities of area studies 1
1 International relations theory and the Middle East 21
2 The making of foreign policy : states and societies 41
3 The modern Middle East : state formation and world war 75
4 The Cold War : global conflict, regional upheavals 97
5 After the Cold War : the maturing of the greater West Asian crisis 130
6 Military conflict : war, revolt, strategic rivalry 167
7 Modern ideologies : political and religious 193
8 Challenges to the state : transnational movements 229
9 International political economy : regional and global 261
10 The Middle East in international perspective 303
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