A History of the Modern Middle East

Paperback | December 4, 2012

byWilliam L Cleveland, Martin Bunton

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This comprehensive work provides a penetrating analysis of modern Middle Eastern history, from the Ottoman and Egyptian reforms, through the challenge of Western imperialism, to the impact of US foreign policies. After introducing the reader to the region's history from the origins of Islam in the seventh century, A History of the Modern Middle East focuses on the past two centuries of profound and often dramatic change. Although built around a framework of political history, the book also carefully integrates social, cultural, and economic developments into a single, expertly crafted account. In updating this fifth edition of the late William Cleveland's popular introductory text, Martin Bunton provides a thorough account of the major transformative developments over the past four years, including a new chapter on the tumultuous Arab uprisings and the participation of Islamist parties in a new political order in the Middle East.

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This comprehensive work provides a penetrating analysis of modern Middle Eastern history, from the Ottoman and Egyptian reforms, through the challenge of Western imperialism, to the impact of US foreign policies. After introducing the reader to the region's history from the origins of Islam in the seventh century, A History of the Mode...

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Praise for the Prior Edition“This volume is history in the best sense. . . . A superbly written analysis of the social and political disruptions of the Middle East. This updated volume does an excellent job of weaving together various strands of a complex subject in a coherent narrative. It is recommended reading for all serious studen...

The late William L. Cleveland was professor of history at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Vancouver, British Columbia.Martin Bunton is an associate professor of history at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. He is the editor of Land Legislation in Mandate Palestine.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:600 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:December 4, 2012Publisher:Avalon PublishingLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part One: The Development of Islamic Civilization to the Eighteenth Century
1. The Rise and Expansion of Islam
2. The Development of Islamic Civilization to the Fifteenth Century
3. The Ottoman and Safavid Empires: A New Imperial Synthesis

Part Two: The Beginnings of the Era of Transformation
4. Forging a New Synthesis: The Pattern of Reforms, 1789–1849
5. The Ottoman Empire and Egypt During the Era of the Tanzimat
6. Egypt and Iran in the Late Nineteenth Century
7. The Response of Islamic Society
8. The Era of the Young Turks and the Iranian Constitutionalists
9. World War I and the End of the Ottoman Order

Part Three: The Struggle for Independence: The Interwar Era to the end of World War II
10. Authoritarian Reform in Turkey and Iran
11. The Arab Struggle for Independence: Egypt, Iraq, and Transjordan from the Interwar Era to 1945
12. The Arab Struggle for Independence: Syria, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia from the Interwar Era to 1945
13. The Palestine Mandate and the Birth of the State of Israel

Part Four: The Independent Middle East from the End of World War II to the 1970s
14. Democracy and Authoritarianism: Turkey and Iran
15. The Middle East in the Age of Nasser: The Egyptian Base
16. The Middle East in the Age of Nasser: The Radicalization of Arab Politics
17. Israel and the Palestinians from 1948 to the 1970s

Part Five: The Resurgence of Islam: the Middle East from the 1970s to the 1991 Gulf War
18. The Iranian Revolution and the Revival of Islam
19. Changing Patterns of War and Peace: Egypt and Lebanon in the 1970s and 1980s
20. The Consolidation of Authoritarian Rule in Syria and Iraq: The Regimes of Hafiz al-Asad and Saddam Husayn
21. The Consolidation of Authoritarian Rule in Syria and Iraq: The Regimes of Hafiz al-Asad and Saddam Husayn

Part Six: Challenges to the Existing Order: The Middle East in the 1990s and 2000s
22. The Palestinian Intifada and the 1991 Gulf War
23. A Peace so Near, a Peace so Far: Palestinian-Israeli Relations Since the 1991 Gulf War
24. Patterns of Continuity and Change in Turkey, Iran, and Lebanon
25. America’s Troubled Moment in the Middle East
26. The 2011 Arab Uprisings

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"With the accuracy and balance that the scholar would insist on and with the spirited readability that the student would hope for, this is a fine interpretive study of the Middle East during the past two centuries. A richly textured history, it handles the challenge of highlighting the cultural unity characterizing the Middle East while also demonstrating the region's diversity-political, religious, cultural, and economic."—L. Carl Brown, Princeton University"Cleveland has written a cogent and comprehensive political history of the Middle East in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, prefaced by a concise and readable introduction to Islamic history. He is particularly successful in pointing to the persistence and strength of traditional modes of thought and belief in bringing about the reassertion of Islamic identity in the face of the moral bankruptcy of contemporary Middle Eastern regimes and the disempowering pressures of everyday lifethis book should do much to demystify common misconceptions about this complex and frequently misunderstood region."—Peter Sluglett, Durham University