As Western powers attempt to redraw the map of the Middle East, Dan Smith uses his forensic skills to unravel this arena of confrontation and instability, from the Ottoman Empire to the present day With customarily acute analysis, he highlights key issues and maps their global implications to explain why this region has become, and will remain, the focal point for international relations Updated Topics Include Demographic data The Israel Palestine situation The current war in Iraq The situation in Lebanon Refugees and migration Islam in the world Copub Myriad Editions...
|Title||:||The State of the Middle East, Revised and Updated: An Atlas of Conflict and Resolution|
|Publisher||:||University of California Press First edition October 2, 2008|
|Number of Pages||:||152 pages|
|File Size||:||998 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The State of the Middle East, Revised and Updated: An Atlas of Conflict and Resolution Reviews
This slim but definitive book was an absolute breakthrough in understanding what is really happening in the Mid East where our corporate media completely obscures and atomizes the material realities of what drives perpetual war in our times. Here, module by module, are the facts about water, transporation, ethnic histories, demographics, politics, ecological influences, financial competitions and the structure of the oil industry on the ground over which mayhem is strategiclally fomented. What is particularly wonderful is being able to focus on specific pieces of the mosaic of agendas and issues that are beautifully formatted for real ease of access and a sense of being able to master, at a rudimentary operational level, how to understand and simply share with others information that demystifies imperial politics and propaganda. Whatever one seeks to get basically informed, this piece of scholarly and essentialized research and exposition is in my opinion a must to simply feel oriented and possess a rational fraemework and vocabulary to have some stability and stance about the central dynamic of 20th and 21st Century human affairs. William Bronston, MD
Excellent. To the point. Easy to understand yet full of useful data. The author seems to know what data is highly useful to the reader and does not dwell too much on information that is nice to know but not particularly necessary for an overview on the middle east.
Wonderful maps of the Middle East at various times in history. Many current maps really help me understand where places in the news are located I. would recommend it as a vital resource if you want to understand the middle east.
Exactly what I expected, a factual picture of the state of the middle east states historically and up to today. No philosophising or moralising, simply the factual developments that formed the present situation. A good introduction if one's aim is to get a broad understanding of the complexities of the region and the active religious/political factions within the states that influence the current climate.
The book that arrived had the "The State of the Middle East" cover but then pages of kids Valentine's Day jokes inside! Major product quality failure. Returned it for a refund and am not inclined to reorder and get the same result.
Great tool for sorting out the tangled web of geography, languages, resources and history of this complex region.
Arrived very fast and in perfect condition! This is a great book, it is very useful for international studies. Thank you, I rate five stars.
FIRST: A very important note! As I file this review today, I see 2 other reviews on Amazon, both written in 2007. Those comments -- one praise and one criticism -- are NOT referring to this new edition released in late 2008.