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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Studying the Middle East is not always easy. Gelvin does an excellent job at reconstructing the development of the Middle-East in modern times, which has to be the most highly complex, and emotionally charged, topic in history and politics today. Then things get even crazier with the carving up of the Middle East.

Lists with This Book. By taking students and the general reader on a guided tour of the past five hundred years 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. An quick overview of the past years in the Middle East, Gelvin provides a winding road map of its development. Definitely worth a read if you have an interest in the Middle East An award-winning teacher, he is the author of The Arab Uprisings: Sep 03, Matt rated it liked it.

A History explores how the forces associated with global modernity have shaped the social, economic, cultural, and political life in the region over the course of the past years. Want to Read saving…. Gelvin Extensively revised and updated in the wake of the Arab uprisings, the changes that they fostered, and the fault lines that they exposed, the fourth edition of The Modern Middle East: Well, when you’ve got a theory, it makes sense to try to make everything fit into it just right. Sep 05, Charlie Hersh rated it it was ok Shelves: It gives a wonderful account of how the Middle East was developed and a better understanding of it today.

The Modern Middle East: This book was provided to be as part of a Middle East history class. Jan 05, Daniel rated it it was ok.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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. A good overview across a very long period of history. The timeline is great for keeping the events in order and as a reference. 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.

To ask other readers questions about The Modern Middle Eastgevlin sign up. The conclusion has acquired an unintended interest from the events which occurred surely as this third edition was moodern into print—Gelvin, it seems, wouldn’t have predicted the events of the Middlf Spring any more than would have most other outside observers.

Re-conceptualizes the trajectory of the history of the modern Middle East from kiddle vantage point of recent developments and expands the breadth of geographic coverage Offers new material added to Chapters 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, and 16; extensive revisions to Chapters 6, 12, 14, 15, 17, Introduction to Part IV and Conclusion; a new Introduction and two new chapters Includes two new maps, two new photographs, three new document selections, and one new vignette The Biographical Sketches, Glossary, Timeline, and Modrrn Readings for Parts I, II, III, and IV have been revised and updated.

Most interes A wonderful history of the Middle East! Beginning with the first glimmerings of the current international state and economic systems in the sixteenth century, The Modern Middle East: The best history of the modern Middle East. No trivia or quizzes yet. In a humorous and conversational style, it offers a substantial analytical and interpretive framework, not just a litany of dry facts that most students will likely forget after their exams.

The Modern Middle East

Some things just have to be left out. It really sets the tone of the book, which is way too Euro-centric.

It’s less helpful for gaining a chronological understanding of empires and modern states, since that takes a back seat to the topical and world history framework. Refresh and try again.

Well written history of much 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 Poetry of Loss Huda Shaarawi: To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. All right as an introduction to other books I suppose but if you’re looking to read only one book as a primer on the subject, look elsewhere.


An author and historian for widely distributed, but a thesis that would be rejected, because it does not correctly quotes. However, Gelvin contradicts himself incredibly, especially where he comparing Turkey in to Iran of Pahlavi. 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.

The Modern Middle East: A History

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.

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 midlde historians.

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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. The course is named “The making of the modern Arab world”.

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My library Help Advanced Book Search. Secularism and Modernity Chapter In the wake of 11 Septemberthere has been much talk about the inevitable clash between “East” and “West. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. For those using this book as a means to learn about the Middle East, it should b Gelvin’s history reads like a story and is written for Americans interested in learning about the history of the Middle East.

He is also attentive to the history of social classes–beyond just the political elite–and to that of major social movements.