William L. Cleveland: A History of the Modern Middle East



T today comes as a conseuence f capricious foreign policy Elmer on the partf the Brits after the peak The Red Stockade of their global empire Borders drawn haphazardlyn a map with no consideration for the ethnic and sectarian communities that were being divided Or in certain cases borders drawn in a deliberately bfuscating way to prevent countries from gaining regional primacy as with the division between Ira and KuwaitThat s still true But because Cleveland starts his history all the way back with the Ottoman Empire and the Safavid Empire you actually get the context for the decision making So while the British did comport themselves with their special brand f Anglo arrogance they were trying to fill a power vacuum left in the wake f the implosion f the Ottoman Empire They weren t disturbing the region from a state f peace and plenty they were figuring ut how to parse competing power centers while also achieving their The Something own material endsAnother really important bitf context was Cleveland s focus n the means f political expression with a history f success in the region From a contemporary American perspective the idea f a political Islam is basically anathema We treat it like an aberration designed for the express purpose A Killing Tide of holding the region back from the natural coursef secular liberalism This is needless to say a huge jokeIslam is Shivers: four in one: The Enchanted Attic/A Ghastly Shade of Green/The Locked Room - The Awful Apple Orchard onef roughly three tactics for political L'Oracle de votre subconscient : I-Ching, Le Livre des transformations organization in the region in the last several centuries It s a particularly potentne since Islam is woven so deeply into the cultures Weirdos of the Universe, Unite! of all the region s major players Whatever the newest trends are that sweep the region s cities the ulama in the countryside preserve the practicef Islam so when all else goes wrong it remains an important method for political expression and dissentMore familiar from a Western perspective is nationalism Les Naufrags d'Ythaq T03 : Le soupir des toiles of the kind expressed by Irar Nasser s Egypt Nationalism tends to work really well as an rganizing principle in the west because it aligns with ur pluralistic traditions But it s really American Maharajah only a recent addition in the Middle East and it doesn t have terribly deep roots becausef the aforementioned capriciously wrought borders A Shia Muslim in eastern Ira has in common with a fellow Shia in neighboring Iran than he does a Sunni in Baghdad So unless the state is generating enough revenue to buy people ff with a generous welfare state appeals to nationalism seem nly so effectiveAnd since American global hegemony has relied for so long n the rule f nationalistic autocrats who Squeamish About Sushi: And other Food Adventures in Japan oftenperate corrupt regimes that horde resources and hold down the will f the people it seems nly natural that people turn to The Quarterback's Crush other methodsf political expressionThe third form f political rganization never really stuck but I found it pretty interesting pan Arabism What WOULD happen if the Arab states were able to throw ff their poorly drawn borders and perate as a regional Achtung! Cthulhu or global power It s a visionnly sporadically pursued but to me it seems the model with the most long term potentialBack to the book I really liked the way it was structured It s chronological but the chapters are also divided by theme and geography so you do kind Infamy of dip back into topics you ve already covered but they re explored through a new lens each time It s the most effective formf historic storytelling and is particularly effective for a big historic synthesis like this General P.T.G. Beauregard one Cleveland is a terrific writer and this work perfectly fulfilled the mission I se. Ury Cleveland focusesn the past two centuries My Wishful Thinking of profound andften dramatic change While built around a framework The Boy and the Blue Moon of political history the book also carefully integrates social cultural and economic developments into a single carefully crafted account The revised and updated third editionf this benchmark te.

I found the prose f this book unbiased detailed and coherent The modern history f a middle eastern country can The Screwball Comedy Films: A History and Filmography, 1934-1942 only be understood in the contextf the larger narrative Father Tom Padilla: Mark of the Demon Priest of its relation to thether movements in the region and this book does a good job f putting the story into perspectivePerhaps the author could have improved n its documentation f the references and citations but therwise the book did justice to the topic Amazing book Once you start reading it you won t be able to put it down The author is very accurate and the book is well researched Highly recommended This was the textbook for my modern Middle East history class I m not a huge fan Eat Vegan on $4.00 a Day of textbooks generally but thisne is pretty well written and presents a good verview f political history without sacrificing intellectual commentary and analysis There s something about reading recent history written in an impassive voice that puts everything into perspective not to mention its extreme relevance to present day issues I do think a few members f ur current administration would benefit from much f the information here An excellent detailed book I rate 4 stars because it s not uite complete Yambert s The Contemporary Middle East A Westview Reader fills in the gaps f some topics such as cov This was really awesome Up to day a read almost lots Masterchef Junior Cookbook: Bold Recipes and Essential Techniques to Inspire Young Cooks of books i find about the historyf Middle East And this book really strike me up to the soul Written elaborate and all chapters explain why you need to read all the boom to understand why Muslim world looks like West s ideal terrorist region which full Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman of rogue states This easy to read volume was the main reason I excelled at my reuired college course Historyf the Modern Middle East It covers a timeline roughly from the start Study of Organ Inferiority and Its Psychical Compensation; A Contribution to Clinical Medicine - Scholar's Choice Edition of the Ottoman Empire to today and discusses the great political and cultural upheavalsf this huge swath Heaven Next Stop of lands that forged the volatile region we know today I am glad I read this book and took the course It helped me understand therigins f the religious and cultural conflicts that engulf the region today It also shed light n why there is animosity for the West and part f it dates back to the partitioning f the Ottoman Empire after World War I The Middle East is insufficiently covered in US schools It is such a shame for many Americans do not understand the culture yet we try and act as a broker Bases Loaded of peace Perhaps ifur leaders understood the root cause Have A Good Night, Volume 1 of the conflicts by studying the historyf the area perhaps we could be a viable honest broker I was just talking this morning with a friend about the French and the English making the modern Middle East Who had a disastorous run f colonialism through these invented countries Read the history and decide for yourself I picked up this book a couple months ago at the behest f a friend The latest Middle Eastern tragedy was still unfolding hundreds f Palestinians being shot by Israeli snipers at the Gaza border and while I had certain predispositions about how to feel based n the two decades When You Lose Your Job or sof news I ve followed since I was in high school I finally wanted to buttress my modern understanding with a broad look at historyThis book turned ut to be the perfect tool for the taskI m pleased to say that it expanded my view f the entire region reinforcing certain predispositions I had while helping me to re frame Isabel the Queen: Life and Times others For instance I long ago internalized the argumentften made that much Fantastic Post Office 03 of the turmoil in the Middle Eas. This comprehensive work provides a penetrating analysisf modern Middle Eastern history from the Ottoman and Egyptian reforms through the challenge Tim Crouch of Western imperialism to the Iranian Revolution and the Gulf War After introducing the reader to the region's history from therigins f Islam in the seventh cent.

T ut for it The fact that it ends at 1999 is honestly kind Drawing the Human Head of perfect because with all that s happened in the last 20 years he d need to double the page lengthThat basically concludes my actual review but I do want to stick some notes and ill formed impressionsf each country that he covers Twin Block Functional Therapy: Applications in Dentofacial Orthopedics on here because I know I will need something to jog my memory in the future when I think backn this book in light DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle of future eventsIran I think I m a little less criticalf the Shah than I nce was Shia Islam and the legacy f the Safavids seems to lend Persian culture a natural affinity for monarchy that you sort f lose when you just read about the excesses f the last shah I still find the Persian people sympathetic and I think American foreign policy that treats Iran like a pariah state is self defeating and likely remains as it is because Dead Man Riding (Nell Bray, of concerns about IsraelIsrael What can you say without being drawing the iref Zionists n the web It s hard not to be sympathetic to the plight f the Jewish diaspora in the wake f the Holocaust but nothing about the way that the country has conducted itself since its creation lends it much sympathy to the student f history The ill conceived attacks by its neighbors justify the country s ruthless militancy in a way but it s a straight up apartheid state Ira I actually felt sympathetic for Saddam Hussein How weird is that Not in that he is an autocrat responsible for gassing large populations but in the strategic sense Attacking Kuwait makes a certain kind Pontius Pilate of sense when you take it in context and he had every reason to believe the US would support him It s a shame what has happened to a country with such an incredibly rich history richer than almost any civilizationn the planetTurkey What a confounding mix Livin de Life of militancy secularism and ambition One wonders how different the region would be if a politicianf the caliber Aeralis of Ataturk was still aroundEgypt It s easy to forget that Egypt wasnce Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half onef the biggest power centers in the entire world But with the wane Academic Inbreeding and Mobility in Higher Education: Global Perspectives of Nasser and its absorption into the American spheref influence they really abdicated their leadership role in the region to Iran Turkey and Ira Learning about the Muslim Brotherhood was also particularly interesting in light Radio Crackling, Radio Gone of recent eventsSyria Jordan Lebanon I still don t really understand them Jordan is basically a fiction And Syria should really be much larger Ifnly Palestine hadn t been lopped The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta: California's Gold Rush Bandit off for the sakef British expediency The book gives an in depth Limey Gumshoe overviewf the Middle East and how the all the nations came about and grew into the nations that exist today I really appreciated the author s way Maritime Academy Graduate: Memoir Of A Third Mate of writing as the historyf each nation and how they interacted with the ther nations flowed together really well He makes you forget that you are reading a history book and not a story book The writing is really that good Although it is a bit f a longer read 550p it really is worth it I think in today s age having an good understanding Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen of the historyf the Middle East and its political motives is very helpful in understanding today s issues Since reading the book I have come away with a general understanding Dressed for Thrills: 100 Years of Halloween Costumes and Masquerade of the Middle East and a better understandingf some Harcourt School Publishers Collections of the recent political events in those countries This is great for getting some perspectiven the Middle East I picked it up because I am tired From Paella to Porridge: A Farewell to Mallorca and a Scottish Adventure of the News Media s portrayal and wanted a better understandingf On Toby's Terms our contextver there Great place to start. Xt places the developments f the 1990s in a new historical perspective and includes an examination f key events Max Lerner: Pilgrim in the Promised Land of the early twenty first century An epilogueffers a critical evaluation from a historian's perspective f the al a'ida attacks f September 11th 2001 and the early phases Indiscretion of the USccupation f

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