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Western Imperialism in the Middle East 1914-1958 Fieldhouse, D. K.                        1 of 1
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Learn more about Western Imperialism in the Middle East 1914-1958:

Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0199540837
ISBN-13: 9780199540839
Sku: 207991864
Publish Date: 6/1/2008
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 1T
Pages:  376
Age Range:  NA
 
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The term "Fertile Crescent" is commonly used as shorthand for the group of territories extending around the Rivers Tigris and Euphrates. Here it is assumed to consist of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Palestine. Much has been written on the history of these countries which were taken from the Ottoman empire after 1918 and became Mandates under the League of Nations. For the most part the histories of these countries have been handled either individually or as part of the history of Britain or France. In the first instance the emphasis has normally been on the development of nationalism and local resistance to alien control in a particular territory, leading to the modern successor state. In the second most studies have concentrated separately on how either France or Britain handled the great problems they inherited, seldom comparing their strategies.
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.

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"As one would expect of 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 10/06/2006

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0376
Product attributePublisher:   Oxford University Press, USA
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