Western Imperialism in the Middle East 1914-1958 (Paperback)D. K. Fieldhouse (author)
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The aim of this book is to see the region as a whole and from both the European and indigenous points of view. The central argument is that the mandate system failed in its stated purpose of establishing stable democratic states out of what had been provinces or parts of provinces within the Ottoman empire. Rather it generated essentially unstable polities and, in the special case of Palestine, one totally unresolved, and possibly unsolvable, conflict. The result was to leave the Middle East as perhaps the most volatile part of the world in the later twentieth century and beyond.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Weight: 574 g
Dimensions: 234 x 157 x 23 mm
Review from previous edition Fieldhouse's strength lies in his detailed and extensive knowledge of British imperial and general history. - Jan Zouplna, Quarterly Journal of African and Asian Studies, vol 74
...the value of this work lies in its exceptional clarity and the succinctness of its synthesis, which make it ideal for students and the uninitiated. The slim, but judiciously chosen, select bibliography and the detailed index add to its usefulness. - Jennifer M. Dueck, French Studies
'As one would expect from Fieldhouse, the style is brisk and efficient, the writing lucid and the substance fair-minded. In a subject of daunting complexity, and on which much that is written has a polemical purpose, even well-informed readers will find its balance and clarity exceptionally useful. - John Darwin, TLS
Its comparative approach helps fill a huge gap in Middle East scholarship. - H-Soz-u-Kult
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