A History of the Middle East

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Penguin Books, 2004 - History - 429 pages
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Over the centuries, the Middle East has confounded the dreams of conquerors and peacemakers alike. In this classic work, Peter Mansfield follows the historic struggle of the region over the last two hundred years. This new edition updates recent developments in the Middle East, including the turbulent events in Afghanistan, the troubled relationship between the U.S. and Iraq, the continuing Arab-Israeli conflict, and the rise of Islamic Jihad.

Incisive and illuminating, A History of the Middle East is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand what is perhaps the most crucial and volatile nerve center of the modern world.

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User Review  - kcgoetz - LibraryThing

OK. So now we're on the Fourth Edition. I find much truth and wisdom in previous reviews but in the Chapter "Pax Americana" I found numerous typos and hanging clauses. It's after this point that the ... Read full review

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User Review  - thierry - LibraryThing

The author chronicles the last two centuries in the Middle East’s history, from the decline of the Ottoman Empire, through European colonialism, onto decolonization and the advent of nationalism and ... Read full review


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Islam on the Defensive 1800
Ottoman Rival

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About the author (2004)

Peter Mansfield (1928–1996) corresponded regularly for the Financial Times, Economist, and London Sunday Times on Middle Eastern affairs. The author and editor of numerous works, he is best known for his comprehensive study The Arabs.

Nicholas Pelham has served as editor of the Middle East Times and writes frequently for the Economist and Financial Times.

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