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The Middle East and North Africa : A Political Geography - Alasdair Drysdale

The Middle East and North Africa

A Political Geography

Paperback Published: 10th October 1985
ISBN: 9780195035384
Number Of Pages: 380

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Many of the political problems of the Middle East and North Africa have geographic roots, but material and ideas on spatial relationships in the region have, until now, remained scattered and piecemeal. In this original work, Drysdale and Blake examine the ways in which the geography and politics of the region are intertwined, and focus on the evolution and deficiencies of the contemporary political map. Organized around the themes of partition and integration, the discussion covers such timely issues as the Arab-Israeli conflict, Arab unity, the civil war in Lebanon, regional petroleum development, strategic straits, and the Iran-Iraq war. Throughout, this unique book is richly illustrated with specially drawn maps and diagrams.

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"Good book...Clearly written."--Renee Taft, Augsburg College "Offers a special perspective on Middle Eastern politics. For students, the geographical framework of the book provides some organization to the complex and often intimidating subject."--Deborah Karasov, Macalester College "An important addition to the general surveys of the Middle East and North Africa....The first comprehensive political-geographical analysis of the region as a whole. Its unique perspective and the impressive knowledge that the authors bring into focus should yield significant insights for even the most seasoned specialist....Succeeds admirably in enriching understanding of political phenomena in the region....Well-written and consistently interesting....Would constitute an excellent text...for numerous different courses on the region."--Middle East Studies Association Bulletin "The strength of this book lies in its comprehensive, balanced treatment of the political partitioning of space in the Middle East and North Africa as well as the accompanying disputes over territory and resources. It is admirably up-to-date and is filled with clear, informative maps."--Geographical Reviews "Well written, the book is a must for all undergraduate libraries and also appropriate for public libraries."--Choice "Outstanding. A new approach to Middle East analysis."--A. Melamid, New York University "Provides a very useful general survey...has good notes, useful bibliographies and enlightening maps. This book can be highly recommended."--H.R.J. Davies

Prefacep. v
Settingp. 1
Introductionp. 3
List of Figuresp. 9
Notesp. 9
The Middle East and North Africa The Global Contextp. 10
Selected Bibliographyp. 36
Partitionp. 39
The Evolution of the State System The Partitioning of Territoryp. 41
Notesp. 72
Notesp. 73
Interstate Land Boundariesp. 75
Offshore Political Geography The Partitioning of the Oceansp. 109
Notesp. 143
Notesp. 145
Integrationp. 147
Integrationp. 149
Notesp. 190
Notesp. 192
National Integration Five Case Studiesp. 195
Notesp. 220
Notesp. 222
Regional Integration Prospects for Arab Unityp. 224
Notesp. 258
Notesp. 259
Criticalp. 261
Criticalp. 263
Notesp. 308
Notesp. 312
Petroleum The Control of a Natural Resourcep. 313
Notesp. 342
Notesp. 344
Conclusionp. 346
Indexp. 355
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ISBN: 9780195035384
ISBN-10: 0195035380
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 10th October 1985
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.44 x 15.67  x 2.57
Weight (kg): 0.55