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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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.
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 moden current challenges to those regimes on everyday life in an area of vital concern to us all. Want modefn Read Currently Reading Read. My library Help Advanced Book Search.
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. Previous publication dates MarchAugustAugust midle The definitions in the back were suppose to be helpful but they were not.
The Modern Middle East: A History
Sep 05, Charlie Hersh rated it it was ok Shelves: 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. Not to mention the problems in having any kind of depth if you’re studying 20 countries in only pages.
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. A History James L. 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.
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. An award-winning teacher, he is the author of The Arab Uprisings: 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. Nov 30, Joe rated it it was amazing.
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. 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 by James L. Gelvin
From there, the Studying the Middle East is not always easy. The timeline is great for keeping the events in order and as a reference. Want to Read saving…. The Battle of Kosovo. 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. And hey, snickering grlvin legitimately doing homework is always good.
The Modern Middle East – James L. Gelvin – Oxford University Press
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. 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.
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: Aug 22, R rated it it was amazing. A good overview across a very long period of history. The Poetry of Loss Huda Shaarawi: Apr 25, Joshua Horn rated it liked it. By taking students and the general reader on a guided tour of the past five hundred years What are the advantages of this book?
In the wake of 11 Septemberthere has been much talk about the inevitable clash between “East” and “West. The Modern Middle East: 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: Aug 07, Bram rated it it was amazing.
The Modern Middle East
A History explores how the forces associated with global modernity have shaped the social, economic, cultural, and political life in the region esst the course of the past years.
It is comprehensive, lucid, nuanced and up-to-date, but it is also a good read-very well-written and entirely accessible to students and general readers alike.
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. 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 exst Be the first to ask a question about The Midde Middle East. Return to Book Page. The Life of the Mind Chapter 9.
Refresh and try again. Talk to other authors without the references. Most interes A wonderful history of the Middle East!