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Jordan: A Hashemite Legacy [Hardcover]

Peter Hinchcliffe , Beverley Milton Edwards

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Oct. 12 2001 0415267269 978-0415267267 1
Created as a mechanism for maintaining British influence through a local patron, Jordan's future never looked certain. Nevertheless, under the leadership of the Hashemite monarchy led by Abdullah, and then by his grandson Hussein, the Kingdom of Jordan has become a permanent feature of the modern Middle East. This volume, intended for both academic and general readers, offers an overview of the history, politics and economics of this fascinating country and its role in a region disfigured by the Arab-Israeli conflict. The main focus of the book is on King Hussein's reign, his internal struggle with the Palestinians, his quest to modernise his kingdom and his pursuit of an agenda for peace inclusive of Israel and Iraq. The authors also consider the prospects for the 'new Jordan' under King Abdullah II.

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Milton-Edwards (political science, Queen's Univ., Belfast) and Hinchcliffe (Middle Eastern studies, Univ. of Edinburgh) have written an informative introduction and analysis of Jordan for the nonspecialist reader, successfully synthesizing the growing secondary literature on the country..
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Beverley Milton-Edwards is Professor in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen's University Belfast. She is the author of Islamic Fundamentalism since 1945 (Routledge, 2004) and The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Routledge, 2008).

Peter Hinchcliffe is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and was British Ambassador to Jordan 1994-97.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A short history of a gutsy little country Jan. 17 2002
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This is an excellent history of a small Middle Eastern Kingdom still linkedin most people's memory to its remarkable King who reigned 47 years: King Hussein of Jordan. Hussein died in 1999 but his indomitable spirit lives on in his son Abdullah. Jordan still has a pivotal role in the Middle East Peace Process and this book describes how tiny little Jordan boxed above its weight in seeking to find peace in a conflict which has bedeviled the region so long. It is a book for the general reader and for the serious student of Middle Eastern politics. I really enjoyed it.

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