Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East

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Beacon Press, 2004 - History - 223 pages
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Begun as the United States moved its armed forces into Iraq, Rashid Khalidi's powerful and thoughtful new book examines the record of Western involvement in the region and analyzes the likely outcome of our most recent Middle East incursions. Drawing on his encyclopedic knowledge of the political and cultural history of the entire region as well as interviews and documents, Khalidi paints a chilling scenario of our present situation and yet offers a tangible alternative that can help us find the path to peace rather than Empire.

We all know that those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Sadly, as Khalidi reveals with clarity and surety, America's leaders seem blindly committed to an ahistorical path of conflict, occupation, and colonial rule. Our current policies ignore rather than incorporate the lessons of experience. American troops in Iraq have seen first hand the consequences of U.S. led "democratization" in the region. The Israeli/Palestinian conflict seems intractable, and U.S. efforts in recent years have only inflamed the situation. The footprints America follows have led us into the same quagmire that swallowed our European forerunners. Peace and prosperity for the region are nowhere in sight.

This cogent and highly accessible book provides the historical and cultural perspective so vital to understanding our present situation and to finding and pursuing a more effective and just foreign policy.

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Review: Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East

User Review  - Hubert - Goodreads

Billed as a good introduction to Western - Middle East affairs, much of the book is repetitive in its main points, and at times the various sections and points that the author tries to make doesn't ... Read full review

Review: Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East

User Review  - Nikita Jayswal - Goodreads

The book was really good. A good read to understand how the west has juggled sides and ruined the history and the current affairs in the Middle East. America's relations with Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan ... Read full review

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The Legacy of the Western Encounter with the Middle East
America the West and Democracy in the Middle East
The Middle East Geostrategy and Oil
The United States and Palestine
Raising the Ghosts of Empire

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Rashid Khalidi, author of three previous books about the Middle East -Origins of Arab Nationalism, Under Siege, and the award-winningPalestinian Identity-is the Edward Said Chair in Arab Studies and director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University. He has written more than seventy-five articles on aspects of Middle East history and politics including pieces in theNew York Times, theBoston Globe, theLos Angeles Times, theChicago Tribune, and many journals. Professor Khalidi has received fellowships and grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the American Research Center in Egypt, and the Rockefeller Foundation; he was also the recipient of a Fulbright research award. Professor Khalidi has been a regular guest on numerous radio and TV shows, includingAll Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, Morning Edition, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and Nightline.

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