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The Arab Uprisings : What Everyone Needs to Know - James Gelvin

The Arab Uprisings

What Everyone Needs to Know

Paperback Published: 15th March 2015
ISBN: 9780190222758
Number Of Pages: 208

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Employing an engaging question-and-answer format, The Arab Uprisings explores the revolutionary protests that have rocked the Arab world since late 2010. In this updated and revised second edition, James L. Gelvin explores the varied paths taken by the uprisings and assesses their historical and global significance. Gelvin begins with an overview-What were the conditions in the Arab world that led to the uprisings? Where did the demands for human and democratic rights and social and economic justice come from?-before turning to specific countries in the region. He examines how the long history of state-building in Tunisia and Egypt ultimately determined the paths taken by uprisings there. He explains why the weakness of state institutions in Libya and Yemen led to violence and chaos. He explores the commonalities of the "coup-proofed" states Bahrain and Syria and the tragic course of their uprisings. In the final chapter, he discusses the implications of the uprisings. What do they mean for the United States, al-Qaeda, and the balance of power in the region? What do they say about the viability of the Arab state system? What effects have they had on the Israel-Palestine conflict? What conclusions might we draw from the uprisings so far? When will we know their historical meaning?

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"A remarkably readable, informative, slim volume...Of particular worth is James Gelvin's ability to show how the protests are interlinked, yet also independent of each other. Brief forays into the Palestinian/Israeli conflict and the current state of al-Qaeda are also illuminating...an excellent primer for the general reader." --Publishers Weekly "This impressive achievement brings together a vast amount of information in a lucid manner. Highly recommended." --Library Journal "A solid primer on the Arab Spring...[Gelvin's] background on the Arab world will certainly help non-experts better understand the region...A useful attempt to understand a still-unfolding story." --Kirkus Reviews "Highly recommended...Gelvin's claim to provide "what everyone needs to know" does not unduly exaggerate the usefulness of the book for students and other nonspecialists. Even specialists in contemporary Arab affairs will benefit in some ways, notably by using it as a model in their own teaching and general writings." --CHOICE "James Gelvin has throughout his career explained to us the role of popular demonstrations and symbolic action in the modern Middle East. There could be few more expert guides for the public to the remarkable Arab uprisings of 2011. Gelvin avoids easy answers for the hard one, and never prefers simple theory to complex realities." --Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History, University of Michigan


1 A Revolutionary Wave? What is the Arab world? Is the Arab world homogeneous? Why do Arabs identify with one another? What was political life in the Arab world like on the eve of the uprisings? Why have authoritarian governments been so common in the Arab world? What was the state of the economy in the Arab world on the eve of the uprisings? What benefits did Arab regimes originally promise their populations? Why and how did Arab regimes renege on the promises they had made to their populations? How did the demography of the Arab states make them vulnerable to uprisings? How did a food crisis make Arab states vulnerable to uprisings? Why did populations wanting change in the Arab world have to take to the streets? Can we pinpoint the factors that caused the uprisings? What was the spark that ignited the Arab uprisings? Where did the demand for human and democratic rights come from? How did the demand for human rights and democracy strike roots in the Arab world? How pervasive was the demand for human and democratic rights in the Arab world before the uprisings of 2010-11? How appropriate is the word wave to describe the spread of protests throughout the Arab world in 2010-11? Where did the phrase

ISBN: 9780190222758
ISBN-10: 0190222751
Series: What Everyone Needs To Know (R)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 15th March 2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.7 x 13.9  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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