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The State of the Middle East : An Atlas of Conflict and Resolution

By: Smith, Dan.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.The Earthscan Atlas: Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2014Edition: 2nd ed.Description: 1 online resource (149 p.).ISBN: 9781134039227.Subject(s): Middle East -- Foreign relations | Middle East -- Maps | Middle East -- Politics and government | Naher Osten | Politik | Politischer Konflikt | Politisches SystemGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The State of the Middle East : An Atlas of Conflict and ResolutionDDC classification: 338.9/005 | 338.9005 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Preface to this edition; Introduction; Glossary; Part One THE SHAPING OF THE MIDDLE EAST; The Ottoman Empire; European Colonialism; The New Middle East after World War I; Decolonization; Arab Nationalism; The Formation of the State of Israel; Oil; The US Presence; Part Two ARENAS OF CONFLICT; Arab-Israeli Warfare; Israel and Palestine; Lebanon; Syria; Libya; Egypt; Algeria; Iran; The Iran-Iraq War; Iraq; The Kurds; The Gulf Wars; Saudi Arabia; Danger and Opportunity; Part Three THE STATE OF THE NATIONS; Ethnicity and Language; Religion
Life Expectancy and HealthPopulation and Urbanization; Water and Sanitation; Education and Literacy; Government and Economy; Military Spending; Energy and Transportation; Water Resources; Labour and Migration; Refugees; Gender Equality; Human Rights; Sources; Index
Summary: From the author of the bestselling The State of the World Atlas, here is an essential tool for understanding the Middle East and its pivotal role in global politics. As Western powers attempt to redraw the map of the region, Dan Smith uses his forensic skills to unravel the history of this arena of confrontation and instability, from the Ottoman Empire to the present day. With customarily acute analysis, he highlights key issues and maps their global implications to explain why the Middle East has become, and will remain, the focal point for foreign policy. The atlas covers a wide range of top
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Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Preface to this edition; Introduction; Glossary; Part One THE SHAPING OF THE MIDDLE EAST; The Ottoman Empire; European Colonialism; The New Middle East after World War I; Decolonization; Arab Nationalism; The Formation of the State of Israel; Oil; The US Presence; Part Two ARENAS OF CONFLICT; Arab-Israeli Warfare; Israel and Palestine; Lebanon; Syria; Libya; Egypt; Algeria; Iran; The Iran-Iraq War; Iraq; The Kurds; The Gulf Wars; Saudi Arabia; Danger and Opportunity; Part Three THE STATE OF THE NATIONS; Ethnicity and Language; Religion

Life Expectancy and HealthPopulation and Urbanization; Water and Sanitation; Education and Literacy; Government and Economy; Military Spending; Energy and Transportation; Water Resources; Labour and Migration; Refugees; Gender Equality; Human Rights; Sources; Index

From the author of the bestselling The State of the World Atlas, here is an essential tool for understanding the Middle East and its pivotal role in global politics. As Western powers attempt to redraw the map of the region, Dan Smith uses his forensic skills to unravel the history of this arena of confrontation and instability, from the Ottoman Empire to the present day. With customarily acute analysis, he highlights key issues and maps their global implications to explain why the Middle East has become, and will remain, the focal point for foreign policy. The atlas covers a wide range of top

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Library Journal Review

This atlas by Smith (secretary-general, International Alert; The State of the World Atlas) successfully educates the reader about the Middle East region and the conflicts, both historical and modern, that have led to the current situation in this part of the world. In his introduction, Smith delves into the controversies surrounding even the definition of the region and the selection of countries it should include. The book, which contains 60 maps, five tables, and seven color illustrations, is divided into three sections. Part 1 examines the historical background of the Middle East, Part 2 focuses on the issues causing conflict, and Part 3 is a demographic comparison of the countries involved that addresses religion, health, government, and education. A brief index and simple glossary round out the book, which, although concise, fit the needs of the average user. Bottom Line The readable yet informed language of the text, combined with the multitude of visual aids, make this work accessible to the average reader while providing accurate and detailed information. This work should be considered for reference and undergraduate collections and would also be suitable in format and price for the circulating collections of most public libraries.-Lynne Minnick, Fort Vancouver Regional Lib., WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Smith (International Alert, London) begins this book with a discussion of what, exactly, constitutes the "Middle East." With this deliberation he illustrates that even the very definition of the region is fraught with controversy. This very informative and readable book is not an atlas in the traditional sense; it provides as much narrative as graphic content. It is divided into three parts: "Shaping of the Middle East," which addresses the historical underpinnings of current conflicts; "Arenas of Conflict," which gives synopses of various points of conflict; and "State of the Nations," which provides statistical information about social and economic indicators such as literacy and number of persons per car. Throughout the book, chronologies are included where appropriate, as are colorful maps and charts. This volume is very well indexed and offers an extensive bibliography that includes official reports, articles, and electronic sources, as well as books. In this concise overview of the history, conflicts, and controversial politics of the Middle East, Smith makes every attempt to be evenhanded. He provides facts in context so that readers can draw their own conclusions. For those who seek a short yet comprehensive source about the region, this would be an excellent choice. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through graduate students, professionals, and general readers. P.J. Beegle Nova Southeastern University

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