The Modern Middle East: A History Paperback – Apr 1 2011
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"An important and much needed conceptual approach to the modern history of the Middle East."--Edmund "Terry" Burke III, University of California, Santa Cruz"Gelvin's book is without doubt the most exciting survey of modern Middle Eastern history that I have read. The author is masterful in his use of historical anecdotes and the fates of individuals to illustrate broader points about the events and transformations that he describes. Most importantly, the book presents the history of the region in the form of a coherent, intelligible, and convincing narrative. Thanks to its flowing narrative and lively style, the book can also be read without a teacher's guidance by students and other interested readers."--Ahmed El Shamsy, Harvard University"The greatest strength of Gelvin's text . . . is its conceptual and thematic approach. [His] conceptual framework places the history of the modern Middle East in a global context and shows how it was and is affected by the same global processes that were/are affecting other parts of the world. Thismoves us away from the 'exceptionalism' and 'what went wrong' approaches that are still pervasive in many histories of the modern Middle East."--Marlee Meriwether, Denison University"By far the most engaging survey of the history of the modern Middle East that I have read in a long time . . . clearly written, often humorous, accessible to students and non-specialists and theoretically sophisticated."--Dina Rizk Khoury, George Washington University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The weakness to Gelvin's thematic approach is that readers with limited background may sometimes feel the need to remind themselves of basic facts. If the glossary, timeline, and biographical sketches at the end of the book do not suffice for this, William L. Cleveland's A History of the Modern Middle East would make an excellent companion volume.
This book places events in the history of the modern Middle East in the greater context of world history and world events which were happening at the same time. Looking back at the book, it's now difficult for me to understand why all historians wouldn't do the same thing.
And while the author is obviously an expert in the field and has done a great deal of research and analysis, it's also clear from his style of writing that he is a teacher- it's written in such a way as to help the reader understand: organized, very interesting, rational, backed up by facts, humorous at times, etc..., as opposed to many other books on the Mid-East that simply don't flow, and are based more on speculation and bias than they are on fact.
Also, it's a pleasure to read- lots of great stories are included- and in fact, if you tend not to be interested in history books, the stories alone (separate from the text of the book and therefore easy to find) make this book worth picking up; the kind of stories that leave you thinking, "You've got to be kidding me!"
Finally, I think it's worth mentioning that the chapter on nationalism is absolutely groundbreaking, at the very least (*Note to students of the history of any part of the world: read this chapter. It will forever change the way you study history.)
I give this book five stars all the way...highly recommended to all.