The Modern Middle East has ratings and 43 reviews. Siria said: This is a brisk and pretty informative introductory survey of the history of the Middl. In the wake of 11 September , there has been much talk about the inevitable clash between “East” and “West.” This book presents an alternative approach. Review Article: The Modern Middle. The Modem Middle East: A History. James L. Gelvin. Oxford, Oxford University Press, , ISBN. The Modem Middle East.

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State-Building by Revolution and Conquest Chapter Engagingly written, drawing from the author’s own research and other studies, and stocked with maps and photographs, original documents and an abundance of supplementary materials, The Modern Middle East: It’s probably unfair to criticise him for simplifying certain things, or omitting particular eaat, when trying to write a book of this scope on this scale.

From inside the book. A History explores 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 current challenges to those regimes on everyday life in an area middlr vital concern to us all.

Sometimes I felt the book was not comprehensive. No trivia or quizzes yet. Aug 22, R rated it it was amazing.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Of those three things, only one actually happened IN the Middle East.


The Modern Middle East

In a humorous and conversational style, it offers a substantial analytical and interpretive framework, not just a litany of dry facts that most students gelvun likely forget after their exams. Most interesting to me at this point were the different mandates and protectorates, something which Gelvin goes into wonderful detail explaining, which was nice with my limited history of the topic.

Gelvin also includes biographical sketches, a timeline, excerpts from various documents, as well as a glossary. From the Middle Ages gelvi the contemporary history of the Middle East is impossible to write in less than pages. I wouldn’t say that he’s wrong, but he’s cast an entire civilization in a political environment that is wholly deterministic.

The Modern Middle East: A History

Sep 27, Kathryn rated it really liked it. Academic Skip to main content. Defensive Developmentalism Chapter 6. Aug 07, Bram rated it moddle was amazing. It is an essential text for our time. Really concise and engaging. View all 3 comments. Not chronological and thus hard to follow for those unfamiliar with the historical events covered.

Oct 13, Danielle rated it it was amazing. The Invention and Spread of Nationalisms Chapter New to this Edition: The Poetry of Loss Huda Shaarawi: This is an academic book and not a summer beach reading book.

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The book accomplishes two objectives at once: Never go deeper, which is the most important issue in History. Previous publication dates MarchAugustAugust When the author states modern, he is not talking just the twenty-first century. For those that really want to know the truth and see how the Middle East grew and developed historically, one needs a book that can show the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. Howev This is a brisk and pretty informative introductory survey of the history of the Middle East, in which Gelvin attempts to explain contemporary events in the region by looking at how two key forces of modernity have shaped it.


By taking students and the general reader on a guided tour of the past five hundred years of Middle Eastern history, this book examines how the very forces associated with global “modernity” have shaped social, economic, cultural, and political life in the region.

This is a good handbook for understanding modern Middle Eastern history. They complement one-another well.

The Modern Middle East: A History by James L. Gelvin

A wonderful history of the Middle East! However, he oversimplifies issues and flat-out omits aspects of the history, especially of the modern history, that play a major role in the Middle East today.

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