A brilliant overview of the history and politics of the Middle East over the last two centuries, 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 the growth of Islamic fundamentalism. This title contains two new chapters on recent developments in the Middle East. This book will be essential reading for anyone wanting to understand what is perhaps the most crucial and volatile nerve center of the world.
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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.Review:
A brilliantly deft and well-informed guide ... Peter Mansfield compresses the whole tumultuous development of this vast region into 350 coherent, dispassionate and remarkably inclusive pages The Times Educational Supplement
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Book Description Penguin UK, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110141011238
Book Description Penguin UK, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0141011238