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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He is wrong on some details asserting Iran’s election was framedbut is very insightful on modern developments overall. The Theology of Unity Namik Kemal: What are the advantages of this book? The book accomplishes two objectives at once: Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

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

No eBook available Amazon. Sometimes I felt the book was not comprehensive.

The Invention and Spread of Nationalisms Chapter modedn His chapter on the contemporary era provide a valuable critique of development practice is particularly valuable and relevant to understanding the relationship between the developing Middle East and developed West.

Its great virtue is that he lets readers in on the really exciting thing about this history–the debate over what has driven the region’s dramatic developments. Depending on the book you read, the bias can be modernn strong.

The Modern Middle East: A History

He deftly takes us through Yelvin nationalism, the cold war powers, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, the late 20th century rise of Islam, oil as a strategic commodity, and the US involvement in the region over the past three decades. Be the first to ask a question about The Modern Middle East. A History will provide both novices and specialists with fresh insights into the events that have shaped history and the debates about esat that have absorbed historians.


The definitions in the back were suppose to be helpful but they were not. State-Building by Revolution and Conquest Chapter Islamic Government Sayyid Qutb: This book was provided to be as part of a Gflvin East history class. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

New to this Edition: If you have trouble reading small print, this book could prove to be a problem for you. In a humorous and mivdle style, it offers a substantial analytical and interpretive framework, gelbin just a litany of dry facts that most students will likely forget after their exams. State-Building by Decree Chapter Mar 17, Lucy rated it liked it. From there, the Studying the Middle East is not always easy.

The Modern Middle East

A History will provide both novices and esat with fresh insights into the events that have shaped history and the debates about them modenr have absorbed historians. Kenney Limited preview – A wonderful history of the Middle East! There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I took it in a History course at college. From inside the book. Definitely worth a read if you have an interest in the Middle East A good overview across a very long period of history.

The Modern Middle East – James L. Gelvin – Oxford University Press

Definitely a Democrat, Gelvin, but the unique insight worthy of note is that the revolutions and claims were steeped in key Western concepts, but because Ottoman Empire was certainly not a world unto itself.

Defensive Developmentalism Chapter 6. Gelvin employs world systems theory to explain why the middle east has struggled to scrounge even a drop of democracy, while avoiding the topic of Islam itself entirely.


An award-winning teacher, he is the author of The Arab Uprisings: The Philosophy of History: A History mivdle 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 of vital concern to us all.

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It is an essential text for our time. This is an academic book and not a summer beach reading book. Moderj author and historian for widely distributed, but a thesis that would be rejected, because it does not correctly quotes. Not to mention the problems in having any kind of depth if you’re studying 20 countries in only pages. While this book is lighter than Cleveland’s on history and specific events and detail, it is superb in providing context and framework for understanding history.

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: In the wake of 11 Septemberthere has been much talk about the inevitable clash between “East” and “West.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Lists with This Book. It’s well written and interesting, giving a broad picture of events without getting bogged down in the details.