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The modern Middle East : a history

Author: James L Gelvin
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Fourth editionView all editions and formats
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Extensively revised and updated in the wake of the Arab uprisings, the changes that they fostered, and the fault lines that they exposed, the fourth edition of The Modern Middle East: A History explores how the forces associated with global modernity have shaped the social, economic, cultural, and political life in the region over the course of the past 500 years. Beginning with the first glimmerings of the current  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James L Gelvin
ISBN: 9780190218867 019021886X
OCLC Number: 898029262
Description: xii, 420 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: New to this edition --
Part I. The advent of the modern age --
From late antiquity to the dawn of a new age --
Gunpowder empires --
The Middle East and the modern world system --
War, diplomacy, and the new global balance of power --
Documents: Evliya Chelebi : Seyahataname (1); Evliya Chelebi : Seyahataname (2); Draft Treaty of Amity and Commerce between the Ottoman Empire and France, February 1535; The travels of Sir John Chardin into Persia and the East-Indies (1); The travels of Sir John Chardin into Persia and the East-Indies (2) --
Part II. The question of modernity --
Defensive developmentalism --
Imperialism --
Wasif Jawhariyyeh and the great nineteenth-century transformation --
The life of the mind --
Secularism and modernity --
Constitutionalism --
Documents: Commercial Convention (Balta Liman) : Britain and the Ottoman Empire; The Hatt-i Sharif of Gulhane; The Islahat Fermani; The d'Arcy oil concession; Algeria : the poetry of loss; Huda Shaarawi : a new mentor and her salon for women; Rifaca Rafic al-Tahtawi : the extraction of gold or an overview of Paris; Muhammad Abduh : the theology of unity; Namik Kemal : extract from the journal Hurriyet; The supplementary Fundamental Law of 7 October 1907 --
Part III. War I and the Middle East state system --
State-building by decree --
State-building by revolution and conquest --
The invention and spread of nationalisms --
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict --
Documents: An Arab soldier in the Ottoman Army; Resolution of the Syrian General Congress at Damascus, 2 July 1919; Theodor Herzl : a solution of the Jewish question; The Balfour Declaration, 2 November 1917; Mahmud Darwish : eleven planets in the last Andalusian sky --
Part IV. The contemporary era --
The autocratic state --
Oil --
The United States and the Middle East --
Resistance --
The Arab uprisings --
Conclusion: The end of an era? --
Documents: Speech delivered by President Gamal Abd al-Nasser at Port-Said on the occasion of Victory Day on 23 December 1961; Zakaria Tamer : tigers on the tenth day --
Ali Shariati : the philosophy of history : the story of Cain and Abel --
Ayatollah Khomeini : Islamic government --
Sayyid Qutb : milestones --
Statement of the April 6 movement regarding the demands of the youth and the refusal to negotiate with any side --
Yassir al-Manawahly, The International Monetary Fund.
Responsibility: James L. Gelvin, University of California, Los Angeles.
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Extensively revised and updated in the wake of the Arab uprisings, the changes that they fostered, and the fault lines that they exposed, the fourth edition of The Modern Middle East: A History explores how the forces associated with global modernity have shaped the social, economic, cultural, and political life in the region over the course of the past 500 years. Beginning with the first glimmerings of the current international state and economic systems in the sixteenth century, this book examines the impact of imperial and imperialist legacies, the great nineteenth-century transformation, cultural continuities and upheavals, international diplomacy, economic booms and busts, the emergence of authoritarian regimes and the varied forms of resistance to them and to imperialism in an area of vital concern to us all. The Modern Middle East: A History, Fourth Edition, is engagingly written--drawing from the author's own research and other studies--and enriched with maps and photographs, original documents, and an abundance of supplementary materials.

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