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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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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.

I had to read it for a class and other than that The Modern Middle East: A History James L. 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.

The Modern Middle East: A History

In the introduction, Gelvin identifies three key events that shaped the modern Middle East. In the wake of 11 Septemberthere has been much talk about the inevitable clash between “East” and “West.

The Battle of Kosovo. 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: Sep 28, AskHistorians added it Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The link to purchase the book is provided for you below.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The print of this book is very small. Some things just have to be left out. Return to Book Page. If you have trouble reading small print, this book could prove to be a problem for you.


Beginning with the first glimmerings of the current international state and economic systems in the sixteenth century, The Modern Middle East: Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Gunpowder Empires Chapter 3. The Modern Middle East: A History will provide both novices and specialists with fresh insights into the events that eaxt shaped history and the debates about them that have absorbed historians. Really middl and engaging. Well, when you’ve got a theory, it makes sense to try to make everything fit into it just right. Good and brief comparisons with other empires and i particularly appreciated how the author frames the events in the history of the middle east in the context of other important historical events.

Open Preview See a Problem? Kenney Limited preview – Gelvin’s history reads like a story and is written for Americans interested in learning about the history of the Middle East. Aug 07, Bram rated it it was amazing.

Secularism and Modernity Chapter Sep 27, Kathryn rated it really moern it.

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

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 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: The Modern Middle East: Even though I read this book as an assignment for school, I would recommend it for anyone interested in the current events in the Middle East.

I’d love a follow-up from Gelvin with his thoughts on every revolutionary moment from the past year. Never go deeper, which is the most important issue in History. Combines theoretical depth with historical richness.


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.

An quick overview of the past years in the Middle East, Gelvin provides a winding road map of its development. 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 Gelvin employs world systems theory to explain why the middle east has struggled to scrounge even a drop of democracy, while moderh the topic of Islam itself entirely.

To ask other readers questions about The Modern Middle Eastplease sign up. Islamic Government Sayyid Qutb: Those who know something about the history will find this book a good read, but must think analytically about the tale that it tells. 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.

Howev This is a brisk and pretty informative introductory survey of the modwrn 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.