Israel ALAN DOWTY University of Notre Dame “A concise history of modern Israel, from the last decades of the 19th Century to the present. A very readable, highly recommended book.” Anita Shapira, Tel Aviv University How did a community of a few thousand Jewish refugees become, in little over a century, a modern nation-state and homeland of half the world's Jews? Has modern Israel fulfilled the Zionist vision of becoming "a nation like other nations," or is it still, in Biblical terns, "a people that dwells alone"? Alan Dowty distils over half a century of study as an inside/outside analyst of Israel in tracing this remarkable story. It begins in the waning days of the Ottoman Empire and continues through harsh struggle and in deep-rooted conflict with another people that sees Israel/Palestine equally as their homeland. Immensely successful by most standards, Israel today remains a center of contention and is still torn between its hard-earned role as a "normal" nation and the call of its particularistic, and unique, Jewish history. SERIES: POLITY HISTORIES 173 x 115mm | 198 pages | UK July 2021, US September 2021 HB | 978-1-5095-3689-4 | £45.00 | $59.95 | €55.90 PB | 978-1-5095-3690-0 | £12.99 | $14.95 | €15.90 ebook available
Syria A Modern History DAVID W. LESCH Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas “An excellent and balanced analysis of Syrian contemporary history by top Syria expert David Lesch, enabling readers to access and understand the wide-ranging complexities of Syria today.” Nikolaos van Dam, author of Destroying a Nation: The Civil War in Syria Today Syria is a country known for all the wrong reasons: civil war, vicious sectarianism, and major humanitarian crisis. But how did this once rich, multi-cultural society end up as the site of one of the twentyfirst century’s most devastating and brutal conflicts? David Lesch takes the reader on an illuminating journey through the last hundred years of Syrian history – from the end of the Ottoman Empire through to the current civil war. Only through understanding the complexities and challenges of Syria’s history can this pivotal country in the Middle East begin to rebuild and heal. SERIES: POLITY HISTORIES 173 x 115mm | 224 pages | 2019 HB | 978-1-5095-2751-9 | £45.00 | $59.95 | €55.90 PB | 978-1-5095-2752-6 | £12.99 | $14.95 | €15.90 ebook available
War and Conflict in the Middle East and North Africa ARIEL I. AHRAM Virginia Tech “Ariel Ahram has cleared the conceptual underbrush and introduced a number of important arguments about conflict in the Middle East. My students will be reading this book. If you want a clear-headed primer on the region's many wars, you should read it, too.” F. Gregory Gause, III, Texas A&M University For much of the last half century, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has seemed the outlier in global peace. Today Iraq, Libya, Israel/ Palestine, Yemen, and Syria are not just countries, but synonyms for prolonged and brutal wars. But why is MENA so exceptionally violent? More importantly, can it change? Exploring the causes and consequences of wars and conflicts in this troubled region, Ariel Ahram helps readers answer these questions. War and Conflict in the Middle East and North Africa will be an essential resource for students of peace and security studies and MENA politics, and anyone wanting to move beyond headlines and soundbites to understand the historical and social roots of MENA’s conflicts.
246 x 171mm | 288 pages | UK September 2020, US November 2020 HB | 978-1-5095-3281-0 | £55.00 | $69.95 | €67.90 PB | 978-1-5095-3282-7 | £18.99 | $28.95 | €22.90 ebook available
Political Economies of the Middle East and North Africa ROBERT SPRINGBORG Naval Postgraduate School “The state-of-the-art big picture analysis of where MENA is and how it got there.” Glenn E. Robinson, Naval Postgraduate School “A work of magisterial scope… brings the reader completely up-to-date on region’s contemporary economic quandaries.” Eva Bellin, Brandeis University Despite its oil wealth, the Middle East and North Africa is economically stagnating. In this book, leading Middle East scholar Robert Springborg discusses the economic future of this region by examining the national and regional political causes of its contemporary underperformance. Whether this economic inertia can be overcome or will continue into the indefinite future is a vital question that confronts both the region and the world. 229 x 152mm | 288 pages | UK February 2020, US March 2020 HB | 978-1-5095-3559-0 | £55.00 | $69.95 | €67.90 PB | 978-1-5095-3560-6 | £17.99 | $26.95 | €21.90 ebook available
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