Author(s): Peter Mansfield
Over the centuries the Middle East has confounded the dreams of conquerors and peacemakers alike. In this famous book, Peter Mansfield follows the historic struggles of the region over the last two hundred years, from Napoleon's assault on Egypt, through the slow decline and fall of the Ottoman Empire, to the painful emergence of modern nations, the Palestinian question and Islamic resurgence. The Middle East's huge oil reserves gave it global economic importance as well as unique strategic value, and the result was massive superpower involvement.
Incisive and illuminating, A History of the Middle East is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand what is perhaps the most crucial and volatile nerve centre of the world and its prospects for the future.
Peter Mansfield was born in 1928 in India. In 1955 he joined the British Foreign Office and went to Lebanon to study Arabic at the Middle East Centre for Arabic Studies. From 1961 to 1967 he was the Middle East correspondent for the Sunday Times. He became one of Britain's foremost experts on the Middle East. Peter Mansfield died in 1996.
Introduction - from ancient to modern; Islam on the defensive, 1800-; Muhammad Ali's Egypt - Ottoman rival; the struggle for reform 1840-1900; Britain in Egypt, 1882-1914; Turks and Arabs; The Persian factor; the sick man dies - 1918; the Anglo-French interregnum, 1918-1939; the Second World War and its aftermath; the entry of the superpowers and the Nasser era, 1950-1970; the years of turbulence; the inter-war years - globalization and counter-globalization; conclusion - prospects for the twenty-first century.