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Beginning with the first glimmerings of the current international state and economic systems in the sixteenth century, this book examines the impact of imperial and imperialist legacies, the great nineteenth-century transformation, cultural continuities and upheavals, international diplomacy, economic booms and busts, and the emergence of authoritarian regimes and the varied forms of resistance to them and to imperialism in an area of vital concern to us all.
The text is engagingly written--drawing from the author's own research and other studies--and enriched with maps and photographs, original documents, and an abundance of supplementary materials.
James L. Gelvin is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. An award-winning teacher, he is the author of The New Middle East: What Everyone Needs to Know (2017), The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know (2015), The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War (2014), Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire (1999), and numerous shorter works. He is also coeditor of Global Muslims in the Age of Steam and Print (2013).
Table of Contents
Each Part end with Suggested Readings.
Vignettes and maps
A Note on Transliteration
New to this Edition
PART I. THE ADVENT OF THE MODERN AGE
Chapter 1. From Late Antiquity to the Dawn of a New Age
Chapter 2. Gunpowder Empires
Chapter 3. The Middle East and the Modern World System
Chapter 4. War, Diplomacy, and the New Global Balance of Power
Evliya Chelebi: Seyahatanam?(1)
Evliya Chelebi: Seyahatanam? (2)
Draft Treaty of Amity and Commerce between the Ottoman Empire and France, February 1535
The Travels of Sir John Chardin into Persia and the East-Indies (1)
The Travels of Sir John Chardin into Persia and the East-Indies (2)
PART II. THE QUESTION OF MODERNITY
Chapter 5. Defensive Developmentalism
Chapter 6. Imperialism
Chapter 7. Wasif Jawhariyyeh and the Great Nineteenth-Century Transformation
Photo Essay: The Great Nineteenth-Century Transformation and Its Aftermath
Chapter 8. The Life of the Mind
Chapter 9. Secularism and Modernity
Chapter 10. Constitutionalism
Commercial Convention (Balta Liman): Britain and the Ottoman Empire
The Hatt-i Sharif of Gulhane
The Islahat Fermani
The d'Arcy Oil Concession
Algeria: The Poetry of Loss
Huda Shaarawi: A New Mentor and Her Salon for Women
Rifaca Rafic al-Tahtawi: The Extraction of Gold or an Overview of Paris
Muhammad cAbduh: The Theology of Unity
Namik Kemal: Extract from the Journal H:urriyet
The Supplementary Fundamental Law of 7 October 1907
PART III. WORLD WAR I AND THE MIDDLE EAST STATE SYSTEM
Chapter 11. State-Building by Decree
Chapter 12. State-Building by Revolution and Conquest
Chapter 13. The Invention and Spread of Nationalisms
Chapter 14. The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
An Arab Soldier in the Ottoman Army
Resolution of the Syrian General Congress at Damascus, 2 July 1919
Theodor Herzl: A Solution of the Jewish Question
The Balfour Declaration, 2 November 1917
Mahmud Darwish: Eleven Planets in the Last Andalusian Sky
PART IV. THE CONTEMPORARY ERA
Chapter 15. The Autocratic State
Chapter 16. Oil
Chapter 17. The United States and the Middle East
Chapter 18. Resistance
Conclusion. A New Middle East?
Speech Delivered by President Gamal cAbd al-Nasser at Port-Said on the Occasion of Victory Day on 23 December 1961
Zakaria Tamer: Tigers on the Tenth Day
Ali Shariati: The Philosophy of History: The Story of Cain and Abel
Ayatollah Khomeini: Islamic Government
Sayyid Qutb: Milestones
"Statement of the April 6 Movement Regarding the Demands of the Youth and the Refusal to Negotiate with Any Side"
Yassir al-Manawahly: "The International Monetary Fund"
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