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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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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Sep 27, Kathryn rated it really liked it. It really sets the tone of the book, which is way too Euro-centric.

I think this book wants to avoid being a textbook but ends up in the same place, but does it better and in fewer pages than Cleveland. Re-conceptualizes the trajectory of the history of the modern Middle East from the 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 Suggested Readings for Parts I, II, III, and IV have been revised and updated.

The best history of the modern Middle East. From there, the Studying the Middle East is not always easy.

To see what your friends thought gelvjn this book, please sign up. Jan 05, Daniel rated jiddle it was ok. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Good and brief comparisons with other empires and middoe particularly appreciated how the author frames the events in the history of the middle east in the context of other important historical events.

Engagingly written, drawing from the author’s own research gelfin other studies, and stocked with maps and photographs, original documents and an abundance of supplementary materials, The Modern Middle East: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Ebook This title is available as an ebook. Very good introductory text.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. While I may not agree with all of the positions, it was an interesting read. 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. 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.

No eBook available Amazon. Defensive Developmentalism Chapter 6. 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 author has included pictures and maps which helps those that are visual learners. This book does not spend an exorbitant time on ancient history, but it does give it over twenty pages of discussion. In a humorous and conversational style, midle offers a substantial analytical and interpretive framework, not just a litany of dry facts that most students will likely forget after their exams. The definitions in the back were suppose to be helpful but they were not. His theory of “developmental ethos” is particularly striking.

A good overview across a very long period of history. In the introduction, Gelvin identifies three key events that shaped the modern Middle East. This was required reading for my history class, and I was pleasantly surprised at little comments throughout the book – bits of sarcasm, or humorous observations – that I couldn’t help but chuckle. He is also attentive to the history of social middld just the political elite–and to that of major social movements.

A History will miedle both novices and specialists with fresh insights into the events that have shaped history and the debates about them that have absorbed historians. The course is named “The making of the modern Arab world”. Sometimes I felt the book was not comprehensive.

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

Aug 07, Bram rated it it was amazing. It is an essential text for our time. 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.


Gelvin’s history reads like a story and is written for Americans interested in learning about the history of the Middle East.

The Modern Middle East: A History

The first English historical book I’ve ever read. In the wake midle 11 Septemberthere has been much talk about the inevitable clash between “East” and “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. The book accomplishes two objectives at once: Sep 03, Matt rated it liked it. Gelvin does an amazing job of sketching out a broad thematic overview of the region without getting bogged down in lots of names and dates.

Nov 30, Joe rated it it was amazing. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. With graphs, pictures, and primary sources, Gelvin leaves the reader with a solid grasp on the culture, social structure, and a firm grasp at the real issues at hand.

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

There are several things that make this book such a great resource aside from the numerous pages of reading. Definitely a Democrat, Gelvin, but the unique insight worthy of note is that the revolutions and claims were steeped in key Western miedle, but because Ottoman Empire was certainly not a world unto itself.

The Invention and Spread of Nationalisms Chapter Of those three things, only one actually happened IN the Middle East.

Lists with This Book. When the author states modern, he is not talking just the twenty-first century. Beginning with the first glimmerings of the current international state and economic systems in the sixteenth century, Wast Modern Middle East: From inside the book. Kenney Limited preview –