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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However, I did think he could have spent a little more time, if not expanding on certain areas, then on thinking some of his ideas through a little more. And hey, snickering while legitimately doing homework is always good. Most interes A wonderful history of the Middle East!

The Modern Middle East: A History

No trivia or quizzes yet. An excellent review of the impact of European imperial powers on the Middle East. From there, the book dives into the modern world of the Middle Gelvi. He begins his detailed analysis in the s as so many events during that period lay the ground work for the issues and triumphs of this century.

The Modern Middle East

Sep 27, Kathryn rated it really liked it. 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, and the downright ugly. I’d love a follow-up from Gelvin with his thoughts on every revolutionary moment from the midcle year.

Account Options Sign middlee. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Its great virtue is that he lets readers in on the really exciting thing about this history–the debate over what has driven the region’s dramatic developments.


This book does not spend an exorbitant time on ancient history, but it does give it midern twenty pages of discussion.

They complement one-another well. Gelvin’s history reads like a story and is written for Americans interested in learning about the history of the Middle East. State-Building by Revolution and Conquest Chapter Jan 05, Daniel rated it it was ok.

Gelvin does an excellent job at reconstructing the development of the Middle-East in modern times, which has to be the most highly complex, and emotionally charged, topic in history and politics today.

Though there are over three hundred pages of reading, the amount of midlde is much more than a standard book of that size.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Not to mention the problems in having any kind of depth if you’re studying 20 countries in only pages. It gives a wonderful account of how the Middle East was developed and a better understanding of it today. Very good introductory text. Sep 03, Matt rated it liked it. To ask other readers questions about The Modern Middle Eastplease sign up. View all 3 comments. I wouldn’t say that he’s wrong, but he’s cast an entire civilization in a political environment that is wholly deterministic.

There are several things that make this book such a great resource aside from the numerous pages of reading. The first is global capitalism; the second, the system of nation-states. His analysis is incisive, and I would definitely recommend this book along with Cleveland’s History of the Modern Middle East, since this one lacks the detail and parallel analysis drawn by Cleveland, but this book offers a great framework.

Bridging East and West Chinmoy Guha. In a humorous and conversational style, it offers a substantial analytical and interpretive framework, not just a litany of dry facts that most students will likely forget after their exams.


It is comprehensive, lucid, nuanced and up-to-date, but it is also a good read-very well-written and entirely accessible to students and general readers alike. Secularism and Modernity Chapter Open Preview See a Problem? However, Gelvin contradicts himself incredibly, especially where he comparing Turkey in to Iran of Pahlavi.

Aug 22, R rated it it was amazing.

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

I had to read it for a class and other than that Gelvin also includes biographical sketches, a timeline, excerpts from various documents, as well as a glossary. Of those three things, only one actually happened IN the Middle East.

Academic Skip to main content. Gelvin does an amazing job of sketching out a broad thematic overview of the region without getting bogged down in lots of names and dates. Sep 28, AskHistorians added it Shelves: Defensive Developmentalism Chapter 6.

Beginning with the first glimmerings of the current international state and economic systems in the sixteenth century, The Modern Middle East: He modedn takes us through Arab nationalism, the cold war belvin, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, the late 20th century rise of Islam, oil as a strategic commodity, and the US involvement in the region over the past three decades.

A good overview across a very long period of history. Quite an enjoyable and thorough overview of Middle East history. Definitely worth a read if you have an interest in the Middle East It really sets the tone of the book, which is way too Euro-centric.