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The Near East since the First World War: A History to 1995 (A History of the Near East) [Paperback]

Malcolm Yapp
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27 Jun 1996 0582256518 978-0582256514 2
This clear, balanced and authoritative survey of the history of the region is now fully up to date again. The text contains a general regional introduction, followed by a series of country-by-country analyses, and a section which places the Near East in the international context. Professor Yapp' s new edition covers recent dramatic events including the end of the Cold War, the Kuwayt Crisis of 1990/91, and the continuing conflict in Israel, as well as assessing the huge social and economic changes in the region. It will be essential reading for students and scholars concerned with modern middle eastern history and politics of the middle east.



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  • Paperback: 616 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (27 Jun 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582256518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582256514
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"essential reading for students and...an authoritative and accessible reference work for anyone interested in the Near East."Times Higher Education Supplement

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A HISTORY OF THE NEAR EAST
General Editor- P. M. Holt
"Students, teachers and general readers will welcome this long overdue textbook, and they wil be delighted that it includes Turkey, Iran and Arabia as well as the usual countries contained in in works on this part of the world. Primarily a political history, it also contains summaries of the economic and social change in the area since the First World War. An introductory chapter sets out the socio-economic and political context, followed by country studies in two sections entitled 'The Years of the Notables' (to the 1960s) and 'The Years of Revolution' bringing us almost up to date. A final section looks at 'The Near East in International Relations'. The extended note on names and titles is useful, and the bibliographical guide at the end provides one of the best surveys I have seen of works in English. In short it should be essential reading for students and it is also an authoritative and accessible reference work for anyone interested in the Near East."
So wrote Paul Lalor in the Times Higher Education Supplement when the First Edition of this celebrated book was published in 1991. At that time it ran through to 1989. Now, Professor Yapp has fully updated it, to cover events down to the end of 1995, in a new 60-page final section on 'The Near East 1989-95' which is structured like the volume itself, with a general regional introduction, followed by a series of country-by-country analyses, and a final section on the Near East in the international context.
Although Professor Yapp does not see the last few years as a watershed for the Near East comparable to the crucial changes of the 1950s and 60s, it has nevertheless been a period crowded with major events of great significance to the region and beyond. Duly considered here, they include the end of the Cold War, the Kuwayt Crisis of 1990/91, and the ongoing saga of Israel, the Palestinians and their neighbours, including the Oslo accord of 1993 and the assasination of President Rabin. Yet, as Professor Yapp points out, we must look to less spectacular factors - to the dynamics of urbanization and industrialization, and the progress of public health and education - for the underlying agents of permanent change to the Near Eastern structures created in the 1950s and 60s.
"By providing students with a well-balanced up-to-date, and in some ways revisionist history, M.E.Yapp has accomplished a difficult task triumphantly... a tough, stimulating textbook, surely the best one-volume survey to have appeared in English."
J.S.F.Parker, English Historical Review (of the First Edition)
M.E.YAPP is Emeritus Professor of the Modern History of Western Asia at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, comprehensive and concise work 14 Oct 2000
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There is little need for pictures in this comprehensive yet concise volume in which the text is enough to illustrate the complexities of Near Eastern history in an easily understandable fashion. There is no better one volume history of the Near East.
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Having completed an undergraduate degree in History, and a Masters degree in International Politics, I would highly recommend this book to anyone studying the area, or anyone who has an interest and would like to learn more. The book provides an in depth and comprehensive history of the region and has possibly been more helpful to my studies than any other text.
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This text is one of the worst accounts of middle-eastern history I have ever encountered, in my long and distingusihed career as a full-time historian. While there is much to praise as an undergraducate textbook here, the book is let down significantly by the lack of visual material that would supplement the text and enrich it hugely. The book's material itself is quite frankly misguided, while the attempts at fruitful analysis are not forthcoming in terms of complex and mature argument. Perhaps I am being too harsh in saying it is the very worst study of its type, though in truth, one seeking broad yet specific information on this topic might be better referred towards Hourani or Hasou's approaches, both eminently available for study.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best introductions to the modern Middle East you can find 11 Mar 2008
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Continuously updated this along with Hourani's History of the Arab peoples is one of the best introductions to the modern Middle East available right now.

Due to the book beginning post world war 1 it is far more detailed than Hourani's in dealing with the political developments within the Middle East (establishment of Israel, rise of Nasser and pan-Arabism, the rise of the Gulf states, Arab-Israeli wars, Lebanese civil war etc) So would sit well along side Hourani's book as that is more of a historical overview.

This book is often used by University students in Arabic departments around the world and the fact that it is so highly recommended by professors in those departments gives you some indication of the importance of this book.

Obviously if you are looking for a detailed book on a specific country within the Middle East this is not the book for you but if you are looking for one that will give you an idea of the political events that have shaped the Middle East over the last 70 or so years then this is definitely a book worth buying.
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