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3rd Edition

Conflicts in the Middle East since 1945

ISBN 9780415440172
Published November 13, 2003 by Routledge
176 Pages

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Book Description

This third edition of Conflicts in the Middle East since 1945 analyzes the nature of conflict in the Middle East, with its racial, ethnic, political, cultural, religious and economic factors. Throughout the book Peter Hinchcliffe and Beverley Milton-Edwards put the main conflicts into their wider context, with thematic debates on issues such as the emergence of radical Islam, the resolution of conflicts, diplomacy and peace-making, and the role of the superpowers.

The book is brought fully up to date with events in the Middle East, covering, for instance, developments in Iraq in 2006 where a democratically elected government is in place but the insurgency show no sign of coming under control. The analysis of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict is also brought up to the present day, to include the election of the Hamas government and the 2006 conflict between Israel and Lebanon’s Hizballah.

Including a newly updated bibliography and maps of the area, this is the perfect introduction for all students wishing to understand the complex situation in the Middle East, in its historical context.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Ways of War  2. The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: Hostages to History  3. Superpower Conflict in the Middle East: War by Proxy  4. Generation Jihad: Conflict in the Name of Islam?  5. Sectarian Conflict: Lebanon, State without a Nation  6. Ethnic Conflict: The Forgotten Kurds  7. War in the Gulf: Iran and Iraq 1980–1989  8. The Kuwait Crisis: Brother versus Brother  9. The Politics of Conflict and Failure of Peacemaking  10. No End to the Storm: 9/11 and the War in Iraq

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Beverley Milton-Edwards is Reader in the School of Politics and Assistant Director for the Study of Ethnic Conflict at Queen’s University, Belfast. She is the author of Contemporary Politics in the Middle East (1999) and, in this series, Islamic Fundamentalism since 1945 (Routledge, 2004). Peter Hinchcliffe was Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School of Politics at Queen’s University, Belfast and an Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. He is co-author of Jordan: A Hashemite Legacy (Routledge, 2000) with Beverley Milton-Edwards and a former British Ambassador to Kuwait and Jordan.


'The tone of the book is one of detachment based on a deep understanding of the situations in the Middle East ... [A] masterly synthesis.' - The Old Radleian

'[A] rigourous but accessible overview.' - BBC History Magazine

'My students are really enjoying the 'Conflicts' book. I have had a number of them email me to specifically say how much they are enjoying reading it as a textbook.' - Dr Victoria Mason, University of Wellington, New Zealand