Contemporary Politics in the Middle East

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Wiley, Nov 6, 2006 - Political Science - 272 pages
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The second edition of this dynamic book has been fully revised and updated to provide a comprehensive introduction to contemporary politics in the Middle East. Purposefully employing a clear thematic structure and including a wide range of case studies, the book explores and analyses the major issues which define the politics of this region of the globe.

Milton-Edwards begins by introducing and explaining key concepts and debates and goes on to outline the impact of colonialism and its legacy, the rise of Arab nationalism and anti-colonial politics. She then examines major political issues affecting the region, such as political Islam, American foreign policy, war and conflict, political economy, democratization, ethnicity and the role of women. The book concludes by highlighting the politics of the region in the twenty-first century and the future challenges it faces. This is a perfect introduction for undergraduates, covering key political, economic and social debates and providing updates and guidance for further reading.

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This book is a gross misrepresentation of history in its recounting of the events surrounding the genesis of the state of Israel.
It is a doctrinaire polemic by an anti-Zionist.
As one of many
examples, she states that "on the same day the Zionists declared independence (in 1948), "war broke out.......by the end of the war Israel had secured more territory for itself".
The unequivocal truth is that Israel was attacked on that day by Egypt, Iraq, Jordan etc in an act of unprovoked aggression, to which it responded. This is not the way this so-called "historian" relates it.
The book should be removed from Google books and replaced in a kindergarten library where it can do no harm, except to the poor teachers who can read.
It is a travesty and supports those who contend that Google supports political distortion and anti-semitism.
Prof BNJ Walters
Australia
 

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The Modern Middle East
Ilan Pappé
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About the author (2006)

Beverley Milton-Edwards isReader in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen's University Belfast.

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