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. Beginning with the first glimmerings of the current international state and economic systems in the sixteenth century, The Modern Middle East: A History explores. The aim of this essay is to offer a survey of the uses developed by Mandeville of the notion of honour in his philosophical project, focusing on the role played by.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Modern Middle East: A History by James L. In the wake of 11 Septemberthere has been much talk middlf the inevitable clash between “East” and “West.
jodern By taking students and the jaes reader on a guided tour of the past five hundred years of Middle Eastern history, this book examines how the very forces associat In the wake of 11 Septemberthere has been much talk about the inevitable clash between “East” and “West. 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.
Beginning with the first glimmerings of the current international state and economic systems in the sixteenth century, The Modern Middle East: 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 of vital concern to us all.
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: A History will provide both novices and specialists with fresh insights into the events that have shaped history and the debates about them that have absorbed historians.
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Be the first to ask a question about The Modern Middle East. Lists with This Book. 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. The first is global capitalism; the second, the system of nation-states.
It’s probably unfair to criticise him for simplifying certain things, or omitting particular events, when trying to write a book of this scope on this scale.
Some things just have to be left out. 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. However, I did think he could have spent a little more time, if not expanding on certain areas, then on thinking some of his ideas through a little more.
For instance, Gelvin does discuss the problematic nature of the term “modernity” and why he thinks it’s still useful, but I have to admit that as a historian of the pre-modern era, I really dislike the term and find it presentist, and nothing in Gelvin’s argument really swayed me from that opinion. As a chronology, then, the book is useful, but I’m not sure that I entirely buy its narrative underpinnings. The conclusion has acquired an unintended interest from the events which occurred surely as this third edition was heading into print—Gelvin, it seems, wouldn’t have predicted the events of the Arab Spring any more than would have most other outside observers.
No doubt there will be some interesting comparisons to be made between this version of the book and its successor. An excellent review of the impact of European imperial powers on the Middle East. Scholarly language, well-referenced but easily readable by non-specialists. Not chronological and thus hard to follow for those unfamiliar with the historical events covered.
The Modern Middle East: A History
Jan 05, Daniel rated it it was ok. Not necessarily great history, a lot of unproven theories thrown around, but a decent introduction to the formation of the region in the past few hundred years. Sep 03, Matt rated it liked it. Well, when you’ve got eaast theory, middl makes sense to try to make everything fit into it just right.
Gelvin employs world systems theory to explain why gelin middle east has struggled to scrounge even a drop of democracy, while avoiding the topic of Islam itself entirely.
I wouldn’t say that he’s wrong, but he’s cast an entire civilization in a political environment that is wholly deterministic. Mar 17, Lucy rated it liked it. Aug 22, Tara McEnroe-Kent rated it really liked it.
An quick overview of the past years in the Middle East, Gelvin provides a winding road map of its development.
Nov 30, Joe rated it it was amazing. Really concise and engaging. Studying the Middle East is not always easy. Depending on the book you read, the bias can be very strong.
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.
This book does not spend an exorbitant time on ancient history, but it does give it over twenty pages of discussion. From there, the Studying the Middle East is not always easy.
From there, the book dives into the modern world of the Middle East. When the author states modern, he is not talking just the twenty-first century. He begins his detailed analysis in the s as so many events during that period lay the ground work for the issues and triumphs of this century.
The print of this book is very small. Though there are over three hundred pages of reading, the amount of information is much more than a standard book of that size. If you have trouble reading small print, this book could prove to be a problem for you.
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There are several things that make this book such a great resource aside from the numerous pages of reading. The author has included pictures and maps which helps those that are visual learners. Gelvin also includes biographical sketches, a timeline, excerpts from various documents, as well as a glossary. The glossary can come in handy when you are not familiar with Middle Eastern terms or titles.
The timeline is great for keeping the events in order and as a reference. What are the disadvantages to this book? This is an academic book and not a summer beach reading book. What are the advantages of this book? It gives a wonderful account of how the Middle East was developed and a better understanding of it today.
The link to purchase the book is provided for you below. This book was provided to be as part of a Middle East history class. A wonderful history of the Middle East! So clearly written and explained, and while not always totally chronological, it follows a pattern which makes sense in terms of the events going on. Gelvin begins back in the last century of Ottoman rule, taking us through the several reform efforts in the 19th century culminating in the early 20th century revolutions and then the complete dismantling of the empire post-WWI.
Then things get even crazier with the carving up of the Middle East. Most interes A wonderful history of the Middle East! 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.
The Modern Middle East: A History by James L. Gelvin
He deftly takes us through Arab 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. It’s such a broad topic, you’d think you’d get lost, especially after things get messy in the latter half of the 20th century Definitely worth a read if you have an interest in the Middle East I’d love a follow-up from Gelvin with his thoughts on every revolutionary moment from the past year.
From the Middle Ages to the contemporary history of the Middle East is impossible to write in less than pages. An author and historian for widely distributed, but a thesis that would be rejected, because it does not correctly quotes. Talk to other authors without the references. It does not explain the events at every turn, and often said: Never go deeper, which is the most important issue in History.
Sure of himself, Gelvin runs smoothly like a train, but we know that history is a complicated deal to reduce the effects of four specific causes. It is also absolutely wrong to use colloquial language, and speak at every step of the U.
The Modern Middle East
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. However, Gelvin contradicts himself incredibly, especially where he comparing Turkey in to Iran of Pahlavi.
Ataturk and the Shah were totally different. There are too many mistakes.
Aug 22, R rated it it was amazing. 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. His analysis is incisive, and I would definitely recommend this book along with Cleveland’s History of the Modern Middle East, since this one lacks the detail and parallel analysis drawn by Cleveland, but this book offers a great framework.
They complement one-another well. His chapter on the contemporary era provide a valuable critique 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. 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 Mddle East and developed West.
Gelvin’s history reads like a story and is written for Americans interested in learning about the 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.
Those who know something about the history will find this book a good read, but must think analytically about the tale that it tells. For those using this book as a means dast learn about the Middle East, it should b Gelvin’s history reads like a story and is written jodern Americans interested in learning about the history of the Middle East.
For those using this book as a means to learn about the Middle East, it should be supplemented with outside information to fill out the history of the region.