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Rethinking the Middle East : Israeli History, Politics and Society - Efraim Karsh

Rethinking the Middle East

Israeli History, Politics and Society

Hardcover Published: 30th March 2003
ISBN: 9780714654188
Number Of Pages: 208

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"Rethinking the Middle East" runs counter to the received wisdom in modern Middle East studies. This discipline has been dominated by what may be termed a "culture of victimization"; it views the local populations of the Middle East Arabs in particular as the hapless victims of alien encroachment, and blames the region's endemic malaise on Western political and cultural imperialism. The author contends that the influence of the Great Powers has not been the primary force behind the region's political development, nor the main cause of its famous volatility. He argues that the main impetus has been provided by regional factors; and that even at their weakest point in modern history - during the final stages of the Ottoman Empire - the peoples in the Middle East have played an active role in the restructuring of their region. Historical writing and popular beliefs concerning the Arab-Israeli conflict are re-examined in the light of this thesis.

List of Abbreviationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Why the Middle East is so Volatilep. 1
Reactive Imperialism: Britain's Occupation of Egypt Revisitedp. 15
Victim or Failed Aggressor? The Ottoman Entry into the First World Warp. 30
Rethinking the Creation of the Modern Middle Eastp. 52
Cold War, Post-Cold War: Does it Make a Difference for the Middle East?p. 71
The Long Trail of Arab Anti-Semitismp. 97
The Collusion that Never Was: King Abdallah, the Jewish Agency and the Partition of Palestinep. 107
Were the Palestinian Expelled?p. 127
The Palestinians and the Right of Returnp. 155
Rewriting Israel's Historyp. 169
Revisionists, Arabists and Pure Charlatansp. 186
Indexp. 205
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ISBN: 9780714654188
ISBN-10: 0714654183
Series: Israeli History, Politics and Society
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 30th March 2003
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1