2nd Edition

The Middle East in Modern World History

By Ernest Tucker Copyright 2019
    428 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    428 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Middle East in Modern World History examines how global trends over the last 200 years have shaped the Middle East and how these trends were affected by the region’s development.

    Covering a key period in the history of the Middle East, this book highlights three major trends within the region’s development over the past two centuries: the role of the region as a strategic conduit between East and West, the development of the region’s natural resources, especially oil, and the impact of a rapidly globalizing world economy on the Middle East.

    This new edition extends coverage to the present day and includes more thematic and interpretive discussion on the impact of global migration and the evolution of the roles of women. It also provides more theoretical insights into current historical research and recent developments in the region, firmly placing these developments within their historical context.

    Clearly written and supported throughout by maps, images, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading, as well as including a comprehensive chronology and glossary that enable readers to develop a clearer picture of political, economic, social, and cultural life within the region, The Middle East in Modern World History is the perfect textbook for all students of the history of the modern Middle East within a global context.

    List of Figures List of Maps Preface Acknowledgments Chronology Note on Transliteration Chapter 1: The Middle East in Early Islamic History Chapter 2: Islamic Civilization: The Classical Era Chapter 3: Ottoman and Safavid Empires Chapter 4: The Middle East and Early Modern Europe Chapter 5: From "New Order" to "Re-Ordering": The Tanzimat Chapter 6: Indirect European Influence in the Middle East Chapter 7: Responses to Increased European Presence Chapter 8: Experiments in Popular Sovereignty Chapter 9: World War I: The Last Ottoman War Chapter 10: Redefining the Middle East Chapter 11: Birth of New Nations Chapter 12: Making New Nations from Imperial Regions Chapter 13: World War II and Its Aftermath Chapter 14: War over Israel/Palestine Chapter 15: Impact of the 1948 War Chapter 16: Six-Day War Chapter 17: Turkey and Iran after World War II Chapter 18: From Six-Day War to October War Chapter 19: Arab Middle East in the 1970s Chapter 20: Revolution in Iran, Saddam, and the Iran-Iraq War Chapter 21: Middle East at the End of the Cold War, 1979–1993 Chapter 22: The Middle East after the Cold War Chapter 23: The Middle East in World History after September 11 Glossary Index


    Ernest Tucker is professor at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, USA, where he teaches courses on Middle Eastern and Central Asian history. He has published a collection of texts related to nineteenth-century Muslim leader Imam Shamil as well as a study of the eighteenth-century Iranian monarch Nadir Shah. Tucker has also contributed to numerous encyclopedias and dictionaries, as well as publications such as the Middle East Journal and Iranian Studies.

    'Tucker's updated narrative is an artful balance of broad coverage and concise explanation. Students will be able to quickly assimilate the "big picture" presented in each chapter. But, those same chapters provide many productive points of departure for further analysis, discussion, and research. Reading The Middle East in Modern World History is like having both a great conversation with an enthusiastic TA who wants to tell you everything and a chat with an experienced professor who knows exactly what details are the most valuable windows on the past. It is hard to imagine another book that will serve students better, both as the first book they read about the Middle East and as the first book they'll seek out over the years to quickly remind themselves of the essential background to the complexities of the contemporary Middle East.'

    Camron Amin, University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA

    'Ernest Tucker's The Middle East in Modern World History hits the "sweet spot" for undergraduate textbooks, providing full and nuanced coverage of the history of this vital region in the modern era in engaging and readable prose. Tucker underscores the connections across the region as well as between the Middle East and the rest of the world to demonstrate the long-term implications of globalization. Of particular value in teaching are the discussion questions and substantive bibliographies for further reading found at the end of each chapter.'

    Mark Stein, Muhlenberg College, USA