From the First World War to the Arab Spring: What's Really Going On in the Middle East? - Middle East Today (Hardback)
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From the First World War to the Arab Spring: What's Really Going On in the Middle East? - Middle East Today (Hardback)

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Hardback 279 Pages / Published: 04/11/2015
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Offering a comprehensive, up-to-date examination of the complex web of wars and proxy wars, revolutions and counter-revolutions that are ripping the Middle East apart, this book puts these events in their historical context and leads readers through the labyrinth that is the new Middle East. This book seeks answers to pressing, contentious questions. Why are there so many hereditary heads of state in the Middle East when the Prophet Muhammad did not appoint a successor? Why do Western countries claim to want democracy in the Middle East, yet support dictators? Why did Israel become a democracy while the Arab states did not? Why are there so many wars in the Middle East? And, most importantly, what happened to the hope and optimism of the Arab Spring? M.E. McMillan offers fresh answers to these difficult questions. Firmly grounded in historical research and insightful analysis of current events, this book gives readers a new understanding of what's really going on in the Middle East.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137522016
Number of pages: 279
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2016


MEDIA REVIEWS

"The book's wealth of historical and contextual background allows for an empirically rich analysis of the major historical events. McMillan has produced a work of exceptional lucidity that scholars, students and policy makers alike will consult for years to come. It is a valuable contribution to academia as well as highly recommended reading for the generalist, who will find it compelling and informative." (Ahmed Sajjad, Middle East Policy, Vol. 24 (3), 2017)

"I would certainly recommend it. It is clear, well written and accurate, but above all balanced and sympathetic, and a great place to start." (Hugh Kennedy, Times Higher Education, timeshigherededucation.com, May, 2016)

"M. E. McMillan has written a cultural and political history with the clear and objective language of unbiased journalism. ... McMillan succeeds admirably in presenting readers with a complete yet concise briefing on the last fifteen hundred years. ... It is a truly brilliant piece of writing." (Hubert O'Hearn, San Diego Book Review, sandiegobookreview.com, December, 2015)

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