This book, first published in 1948, grew out of a series of lectures delivered since the War at the Middle East Centre for Arab Studies to British students who required a solid grounding in Middle East history and politics to assist in fitting them for active careers in the region. These lectures, by a leading specialist on Middle Eastern history, generated such interest that they were adapted and published in book form for a wider reading public. The book forms a comprehensive introduction to the history of the Middle East.
1. AD 600: The Middle East in Disintegration 2. The Rise and Decline of the Muslim Civilisation (610-1517) 3. The Ottoman and Persian Empires, and the Growth of European Enterprise (1517-1770) 4. Britain and Her Rivals in the Middle East (1770-1914) 5. Modernization and the Growth of Nationalism (1800-1917) 6. The Struggle for Independence (1918-39) 7. The Second World War and After (1939-48) 8. Present-Day Economic and Social Conditions 9. Russia and the Middle East (1907-47) 10. The Western Powers and the Middle East Today