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An Atlas of Middle Eastern Affairs Paperback – November 6, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0415455152 ISBN-10: 0415455154 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (November 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415455154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415455152
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,333,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Highly recommended." -- W. J. Breitbach, California State University (CHOICE, June 2010) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Ewan W. Anderson is currently Visiting Professor in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter and Emeritus Professor of Geopolitics at the University of Durham.

Liam Anderson is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, where he teaches classes on international relations and comparative politics. He specialises in issues of constitutional design, particularly in the context of Iraq and other divided societies.


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I love non-fiction books.
A. D. Lum
And yet authors Liam and Ewan Anderson do such an excellent job in the presentation that the book may also be described as concise.
Big Miles Davis Fan
I'm also a sucker for atlases, and the geographic detail is cleanly presented, and pleasant to read.
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Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
In one sense this 328 page book titled An Atlas of Middle Eastern Affairs is a comprehensive presentation of current and relevant historical information about the twenty five countries that comprise the Middle East – from Afghanistan to Yemen. There is hardly a major subject of interest in the news about the area today that it does not touch on. And yet authors Liam and Ewan Anderson do such an excellent job in the presentation that the book may also be described as concise.

No doubt, this is only one of hundreds (perhaps thousands) of useful books on an area of the world that includes what is often described as “the cradle of civilization”. In this book the authors begin with historical information and the region’s well known contribution to human growth and development. They proceed to present geographical background information and write about climate, soil and vegetation, the rise and expansion of Islam and the Ottoman Empire, the discovery of oil and the dominant petroleum industry. They then go on to treat the countries individually and present statistical data on each in considerable detail. War, religion, commerce and the intractable Arab Israel conflict are all touched upon.

If you need more than a newspaper will provide you on the Middle East but less than a complete college course you should find “Atlas” very satisfactory. Five Amazon stars and one of my own!
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This is basically an academic publication made for students of the geopolitical history and modern dilemmas of the Middle East, but it serves as an accessible guide for the slightly casual news follower. I've taken enough classes on the Middle East in the past where I can confidently say this is the most palatable coverage of past and present issues of the Middle East, and how it effects other countries and regions. It produces just enough information without delving deep enough to put novice readers to sleep, but detailed to the point where knowledgable individuals would use it as a reference. I'm also a sucker for atlases, and the geographic detail is cleanly presented, and pleasant to read.

The book is divided into the more hot-button issues like economy and simple resources, then shows statistics over the years, focused mainly on the geopolitical landscape of the region and its impact and influences on the rest of the planet.

I think most students would happy to be using this as their classroom reference, and it acts as a great additional guide for those who have a focused interest on the ongoing intricacies of how the Middle East effects global politics.
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I love non-fiction books. I take pride in building a personal library covering useful topics. As for back as I can remember, the Middle East has been in the news. I finally decided to look into what the Middle East is all about. What I wanted was a book that gives the general background of the region without going into hair-splitting detail. I wanted to also learn a little about each country that is considered to be part of the Middle East. This book delivers.

The first sections describe the general geography and history of the region. It covers petroleum and the economy, water (an important resource), international boundaries, and transboundary issues.

It then gives statistics and current issues of each state in the region, very much like a compact encyclopedia might. Finally, it covers key issues like war, politics, and hot zones.

Now when I read or hear about what's happening in the Middle East, I have a good picture of the true dynamics.
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A good atlas, giving both historical and current-events information on the Middle East. There is a total of 98 maps: there's an outline map of each country in the area, and separate maps which summarize information on a variety of issues, military, geopolitical, ecological, etc. I did find the format a little disappointing: there are no full-color maps. The maps are all in black and red with various kinds of cross-hatching (sometimes awkward) and there are no detailed maps down to the village level: you'll need to go to the internet to find detailed maps (for example of the Israeli separation barrier at Qalqilya and Hableh; interestingly, you do find such a map on wikipedia). The pricing seems a little high (more than a hundred bucks for the hardbound edition), especially in view of the lack of detailed, full-color maps; the target pricing seems aimed at the extortionate textbook market.
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