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The Modern Middle East: A History

Thursday 18/January/2018 - 10:39 AM
Sada El Balad

Extensively revised and updated in the wake of the Arab uprisings، the changes that they fostered، and the fault lines that they exposed، the fourth edition of The Modern Middle East: A History explores how the forces associated with global modernity have shaped the social، economic، cultural، and political life in the region over the course of the past 500 years. Beginning with the first glimmerings of the current international state and economic systems in the sixteenth century، this book examines the impact of imperial and imperialist legacies، the great nineteenth-century transformation، cultural continuities and upheavals، international diplomacy، economic booms and busts، the emergence of authoritarian regimes and the varied forms of resistance to them and to imperialism in an area of vital concern to us all.

The Modern Middle East: A History، Fourth Edition، is engagingly written--drawing from the author's own research and other studies--and enriched with maps and photographs، original documents، and an abundance of supplementary materials.

Paperback: 432 pages
Author: James L. Gelvin
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4 edition (June 1، 2015)
Language: English
Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 6 inches

About the Author
James L. Gelvin is Professor of History at the University of California، Los Angeles. An award-winning teacher، he is the author of The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know (2015)، The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War (2014)، Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire (1998)، and numerous shorter works. He is also coeditor of Global Muslims in the Age of Steam and Print.

Editorial Reviews
"This is without question the best survey of modern Middle Eastern history currently available in English. It is comprehensive، lucid، nuanced and up-to-date، but it is also a good read-very well-written and entirely accessible to students and general readers alike. I recommend it without hesitation to anyone who wants to acquire a solid understanding of the history of this region from the late Ottoman period onward، and it's a must-read for people who really want to make sense of what is going on in this region today."--Zachary Lockman، New York University

"Gelvin's book is among the very best overviews of the modern Middle East. Its great virtue is that he lets readers in on the really exciting thing about this history--the debate over what has driven the region's dramatic developments. He is also attentive to the history of social classes--beyond just the political elite--and to that of major social movements. It is an essential text for our time."--Juan Cole، University of Michigan

"The Modern Middle East is by far the best textbook for introductory and survey courses. In a humorous and conversational style، it offers a substantial analytical and interpretive framework، not just a litany of dry facts that most students will likely forget after their exams. The book accomplishes two objectives at once: it teaches students how to think about history and it introduces them to many of the key issues of the modern Middle East."--Joel Beinin، Stanford University

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