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The Shaping of the Modern Middle East - Bernard Lewis

The Shaping of the Modern Middle East

Paperback Published: 17th February 1994
ISBN: 9780195072822
Number Of Pages: 200

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With this major revision of his classic The Middle East and the West (1964), a leading Middle East historian of our time offers a definitive and now more-timely-than-ever history of Western-Middle Eastern relations from the late seventeenth century to the present day. Fully revised to cover the volatile developments of the last three decades, The Shaping of the Modern Middle East sheds light on the climax and sudden end of the cold war, the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the Arab-Israeli wars, the formation and activities of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty, the Persian Gulf War, and the Iranian revolution. Illuminating the region's geography, culture, history, language, and religion, Lewis explores the complex and often confusing issues of Arab nationalism, Islamic fundamentalism, and responses and reactions in the Middle East to centuries of Western influence, revealing the subtlety and sophistication of this dynamic civilization as no other scholar can.

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"The new material is very valuable....[Lewis] writes with exemplary fairness and sympathy, and, as always, with unmatched lucidity. The book fully deserves its new lease on life." --Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society "I appreciate the aim at beginning students while still maintaining some depth of analysis. The focus on political movements is of particular interest coming from Dr. Lewis."--Brannon Wheeler, Vanderbilt University "Concentrated, lucid, intelligent, often penetrating on specific situations, excellent in synthesis of the whole. The final chapter on 'The Middle East in International Affairs' is a masterpiece. Highly recommended."--Gordon Brubacher, Doane College Praise for The Middle East and the West: "The best short book on the Middle East known to this reviewer. It is a work of the highest level, combining elegance of style with an easy mastery of the subject. This is probably one of the best books on any historical-political subject in recent years, and should serve as a model for the writings of assistant professors all over the world (and some of their seniors)."--New York Review of Books "The author's great learning, his keen understanding of the processes at work in the region, his incisiveness and wit, make reading this volume an undiluted pleasure."--The Nation "Often controversial, always stimulating and lucidly written, this is one of the most fascinating and readily accessible accounts which helps to explain the present predicaments in the Middle East. IT is a work that can be read with pleasure by scholars and interested lay people alike."--Digest of Middle East Studies

1: Sketches for a Historical Portrait 2: The Impact of the West 3: The Quest for Freedom 4: Patriotism and Nationalism 5: The Revolt of Islam 6: The Middle East in International Affairs Notes Bibliographical Note

ISBN: 9780195072822
ISBN-10: 0195072820
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 17th February 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.8  x 1.14
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 2

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