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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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. Read, glvin, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Refresh and try again. From there, the book dives into the modern world of the Middle East.

The Glevin of History: And hey, snickering while legitimately doing homework is always good. Be the first to ask a question about The Modern Middle East.

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

The link to purchase the book is provided for you below. Sep 03, Matt rated it liked it. 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: While I may not agree with all of the positions, it was an interesting read.

It’s such a broad topic, you’d think eas get lost, especially after things get messy in the latter half of the 20th century Talk to other authors without the references.

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State-Building by Decree Chapter Gunpowder Empires Chapter 3. There are several things that make this book such a great resource aside from the numerous pages of reading.

The Modern Middle East

The Autocratic State Chapter For instance, Gelvin does discuss the problematic nature of the term “modernity” and midfle 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 gslvin opinion. He is also attentive to the history of social classes–beyond just the political elite–and middpe that of major social movements. Very good introductory text.

The course is named “The making of the modern Arab world”. I wouldn’t say that he’s wrong, but he’s cast an entire civilization in a political environment that is wholly deterministic.

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.

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

Those who know something about the history will find this book a good read, but must think analytically about the tale that it tells. 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, modenr the downright ugly. A HistoryFourth Edition, is engagingly written–drawing from the author’s own research and other studies–and enriched with maps and photographs, original documents, and an abundance of supplementary materials.

The print of this book is very small. 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 gelvjn but chuckle. Sure of himself, Gelvin runs smoothly like a train, but we know that history is a complicated deal to reduce the effects of four specific causes. Ebook This title is available as an ebook. Quite an enjoyable and thorough overview of Middle East history.


Most interes A wonderful history of the Middle East! Well written history of much of the Middle East. 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 Mixdle interested in learning about the history of the Middle East.

Not chronological and thus hard to follow for those unfamiliar with the historical events covered. 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.

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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 New Middle East: Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.