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A History of the Modern Middle East, Fourth Edition Paperback – December 2, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0813343747 ISBN-10: 0813343747 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; 4th edition (December 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813343747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813343747
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“This volume is history in the best sense. … A superbly written analysis of the social and political disruptions of the Middle East. This updated volume does an excellent job of weaving together various strands of a complex subject in a coherent narrative. It is recommended reading for all serious students who want to understand how the Middle East got to where it is today.”
—Phebe Marr, author of The Modern History of Iraq and fellow at the U.S. Institute for Peace

"This extensive and lucid book provides a laudable introduction to the political history of the Middle East, tracing its development from Islam's rise in the seventh century to the recent direct American military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. . . . Does a commendable job in linking historical events in fluid, logical narrative sequences that help readers unfamiliar with the Middle East connect the events."
—American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences



“This is the best comprehensive survey of modern Middle East history in the literature. The authors excel at translating complex and controversial subject matter in a highly readable manner without sacrificing cogent and insightful analysis. I highly recommend it.”
—David W. Lesch, professor of Middle East History, Trinity University


This excellent survey has been used in many colleges and universities as a standard text since its first edition...In this particularly turbulent period of history, this book should be of interest not only to students, but also to every citizen who has to make some judgment, one way or another, about the US role in the Middle East.
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William L. Cleveland updates his text on modern Middle Eastern history in this third edition, focusing on political, social, economic, and ideological developments throughout the region. Cleveland makes it clear that this book is meant to be 'an examination of the past, not of the present or the future,' but reserves space in the Epilogue to discuss the ramifications of the September 11th terrorist attacks and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Middle East Journal

 



Highly recommended for anyone interested in a remarkably well-crafted introduction to the history, politics, and international relations of the Middle East.
International Journal

 

 



Lucidly written, well researched and an ideal work of introduction and reference for students of the region.
Middle Eastern Studies

 

 

About the Author

The late William L. Cleveland was professor of history at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

Martin Bunton is an associate professor of history at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. He is the author of Colonial Land Policies in Palestine, 1917–1936 (2007).

Customer Reviews

I only received one volume and need the other half of the book.
College student
This is a well-written, easy to read detailed history text on the Middle East through today's convoluted political situation, and how it got that way.
Rollaver
So far a very informative unbiased approach to the development of the Middle East.
Michael P. Higginbotham

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 9, 2009
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America's military, financial, and cultural involvement with the Middle East is as on-going as it is problematic both in terms of suppressing attacks on America targets and our economic reliance on Middle Eastern petroleum resources. Yet before the emergence of a beligerant and violent Muslim extremism that led to attacks on the American homeland, most Americans know very little about the history and cultures that comprise this area of the world. Now in a newly revised and significantly updated fourth edition, "A History Of The Modern Middle East", co-authored by the late William L. Cleveland (who was a Professor of History at the Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) and Martin Bunton (who is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada), is a comprehensive historical overview of the region beginning with an insightful analysis of the Ottoman and Egyptian reforms through the rule of European colonialists, down to the American invasion and occupation of Iraq. This latest edition addresses the evolving developments of the past few decades that have transformed Middle Eastern societies and the consequent tensions between the forces of modernization and conservative cultural and religious ideological resistance. Of special note is the new chapter on "America's Troubled Moment in the Middle East" which focuses upon the aftermath of the Iraq war and Iranian nuclear ambitions. Informed and informative, "A History Of The Modern Middle East" is an impressive and substantial work of seminal scholarship. Accessibly written for both academia and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the 20th and 21st century history of the Middle East, "A History Of The Modern Middle East" is a highly recommended addition for academic and community library World History collections and supplemental reading lists.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rollaver on April 15, 2011
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This is a well-written, easy to read detailed history text on the Middle East through today's convoluted political situation, and how it got that way. One of the best texts I've read. Makes the Middle Eastern situation more understandable from the beginning, and walksyou through its progress to today. If you wonder about the Middle East, this text will help you sort it out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JimR on November 13, 2010
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This is the best all-around introduction to the modern history of the Middle East on the market today. It focuses on Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Arabia and the Fertile Crescent lands that lie in between -- including Iraq, Israel-Palestine, Lebanon, and Jordan. It is written in a clear, uncluttered style, it is well illustrated with maps and photographs, and it is regularly updated via new editions. The original author William Cleveland (RIP) and his successor Martin Bunton offer an engaging and critical narrative, with suggestions for additional reading for those who want more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob on October 20, 2012
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As another reviewer noted the description for the large print edition fails to mention that it is two volumes. They only send Volume 1 of 2 and there doesn't look like volume two is even available to order off of Amazon. Volume one only has the first 15 chapters of the book so if you're getting this for college, you can get started with this book but you won't be able to finish your course with it.

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I re-ordered the regular print book and sent back the large print. I used this book for a college class on the Middle East. I found the book comprehensive. Yet as other reviews have noted it does have a biased against the West. It seemed like any atrocity committed against Middle Eastern countries by the West were described in detail. Yet any atrocities committed by Middle Eastern Countries against their own people were pointed out however the details were glazed over, and simply not discussed. One instance that I can point out is that the authors call the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait "annexation" rather than calling it an invasion. But the U.S. invasion of Iraq is deemed Western invasion and occupation in the midst of a Middle Eastern problem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ted Dodenhoff on December 23, 2012
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It was required for my college level history course on the Middle East . I think it is the gold standard on the subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D on February 4, 2013
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This was a recommended text for a course on the Middle East. This was a most comprehensive reference on this topic.
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By James on July 11, 2014
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I needed it for a class. It was a good read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Violet J. Berry on October 29, 2010
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I bought this book for a class in college I am taking. It is very detailed, objective and the perfect classroom texbook for this subject. I am well pleased.
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