- 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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—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
—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.
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).
Top Customer Reviews
*Updated Dec 24, 2012
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I ordered it used, i expected some writing in it or marks of some sort, but it was excelent quality, you could see it wasnt new, but was better than i expected.Published on October 2, 2013 by andrew
So i bought this text book for class and NOWHERE in the description does it say that this book is volume one of two! totally useless to me after the first 2 weeks of class. Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by BurnedCustomer101
This was a recommended text for a course on the Middle East. This was a most comprehensive reference on this topic.Published on February 4, 2013 by D
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