Journals Higher Education



04 March 2011

400 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199766055

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The Modern Middle East

A History

Third Edition

James L. Gelvin

Newly revised and updated for the second decade of the twenty-first century, the third edition of 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 over the course of the past 500 years. Beginning with the first glimmerings of the current international state and economic systems in the sixteenth century, this book examines 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.

New to this Edition:

  • The Introduction and Parts III and IV have been extensively revised and updated
  • Chapter 20, on political Islam, has been entirely rewritten
  • New vignettes and document selections have been added to the text
  • A new, expanded, photo essay, along with new photographs, have also been added

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