Understand the Middle East (since 1945): Teach Yourself
by Stewart Ross
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An essential guide to one of the world’s most turbulent regions
Understand the Middle East (since 1945) examines the origins and development of the events which have dominated the headlines for the last six decades. Covering everything from religion and politics in the aftermath of the Second World War to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, war in Iraq and the terrorism of the present day it will change the way you think about the region.
Understand the Middle East (since 1945) includes:
Chapter 1: The crossroads of the world
What is the Middle East?
The geography of the Middle East
Peoples and Societies
Chapter 2: States and mandates: Middle Eastern politics to the end of the Second World War
The Arabian peninsula
Syria, Lebanon and Transjordan
Chapter 3: The promised land
The British mandate
The state of Israel
Chapter 4: Gamal Abdul Nasser
The First Arab-Israeli war
A region of instability
The Suez crisis
Chapter 5: War to war
The Suez war
The consequences of Suez
Between the wars
The path to war
Chapter 6: Divisions and developments 1967-73
The Six Day War
The consequences of war
Enter Sadat and Assad
Sadat’s patience runs out
The Fourth Arab-Israeli War
The oil weapon
Chapter 7: Lebanon bleeds
Towards settlement Chapter 8: Camp David
‘We can negotiate’
A moment in history
Chapter 9: Revolution and war
King of Kings
The Iranian Revolution
The rise of Saddam Hussein
Chapter 10: Intifada
The state of Palestine
Hopes of settlement
Chapter 12: The 1990s: Searching for settlement
Instability, religion and power
The Declaration of Principles
Struggling for peace
A broader peace
The peace process crumbles
The Second Intifada
Chapter 13: Decision time: 9/11 and the Arab world
The Middle East in 2001
9/11 and America’s War on Terror
A new millennium: 1. Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria
A new millennium: 2. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf
Chapter 14: Tragedy and intransigence: Iraq and Iran in the new millennium
Insurgency and democracy
Chapter 15: Israel-Palestine in the new century
New century, old problems
Peace plans and disengagement
Olmert, Abbas and Hamas
More jaw, more war
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One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.
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Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.
Extend your knowledge
Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject.
Five things to remember
Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.
Innovative exercises illustrate what you’ve learnt and how to use it.