This volume by acclaimed war reporter Clare Hollingworth , first published in 1952, surveys the politics of an area which has produced, and is likely to produce, more wars that it can consume locally. After a historical opening, about the general situation during and after the war, the author devotes chapters to the different States, and writes in some detail of the main problems affecting the area, such as oil, military power, communism and industrialization.
Part 1. The Background 1. The Middle East at the End of World War II 2. The Common Denominator of Arab States 3. Egypt 4. Anglo-Egyptian Treaty Negotiations 5. Iraq 6. Jordan 7. The Levant States 8. Saudi Arabia 9. The Yemen Part 2. The Palestine War 10. Palestine: the problem 11. Palestine: 1945-1947 12. Palestine: the British Withdrawal Part 3. The Aftermath of the Palestine War 13. The Armies of the Middle East 14. Middle East Petroleum 15. Communism in the Middle East 16. The Desire for Industrialization 17. Arab Communities Outside the Arab League 18. The Middle East To-Day