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The Middle East in International Relations
Power, Politics and Ideology


Part of The Contemporary Middle East

  • Date Published: March 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521597418

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  • The international relations of the Middle East have long been dominated by uncertainty and conflict. External intervention, interstate war, political upheaval and interethnic violence are compounded by the vagaries of oil prices and the claims of military, nationalist and religious movements. The purpose of this book is to set this region and its conflicts in context, providing on the one hand a historical introduction to its character and problems, and on the other a reasoned analysis of its politics. In an engagement with both the study of the Middle East and the theoretical analysis of international relations, the author, who is one of the best known and most authoritative scholars writing on the region today, offers a compelling and original interpretation. Written in a clear, accessible and interactive style, the book is designed for students, policymakers, and the general reader.

    • Introduction to the international relations of the Middle East set in the context of global politics
    • Authoritative, compelling and intelligent analysis by well-known and highly regarded scholar
    • For students, policymakers, professionals and all those wanting to understand this complex and often misunderstood region
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'A masterly survey by a scholar with a long and unusually rich personal experience of the region.' E. Roger Owen, Harvard University

    'Mr Halliday offers an authoritative analysis of the armed conflict, social upheaval and political economics that formed the background to the attack on America in 2001 and the invasion of Iraq nearly two years later.' The Economist

    'A most worthwhile study that should become compulsory reading for all students of the Middle East.' Contemporary Review

    'The Middle East in International Relations may well be regarded as his chef d'oeuvre, bringing together as it does not only the borad range of his earlier writings on the area but also a formidable array of other contributions.' Asian Affairs

    'Firstly, Halliday arouses curiosity when he compares political theories to mushrooms: Some are eatable, some enjoyable and a third category is simply poisonous …Halliday explains particularly convincingly the reasons for the fast and thorough adoption of the exogenous ideology of nationalism in the Arabic region. … The real value of the chapter lies in the question that Halliday poses about which movements/phenomena/factors are international (inter-state) and which are truly trans-national. He answers this question in an extraordinarily conclusive way using the five case studies of nationalist movements, … a well thought through appendix of maps, charts, diagrams, and statistic information … The exquisitely comprehensive selection of sources by itself would justify the 'subsequent use'. This publication, therefore, belongs in every serious Near East library' Henner Fuertig

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521597418
    • length: 388 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 5 maps 6 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Concepts, States and Regions:
    1. International relations of the Middle East: five approaches
    2. The making of foreign policy: states and societies
    Part II. History:
    3. The formation of the modern Middle East: global economy, state formation, world war
    4. The Cold War: global conflict, regional upheavals
    5. After the Cold War: the maturing of the 'Greater West Asian Crisis'
    Part III. Analytic Issues:
    6. Military conflict: war, revolt, strategic rivalry
    7. Modern ideologies: political and religious
    8. Challenges to the state: transnational movements
    9. International political economy: regional and global
    Part IV. Conclusion:
    10. The Middle East in international perspective.

  • Author

    Fred Halliday, University of London
    Fred Halliday is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics. His publications include Two Hours that Shook the World (2001) and Nation and Religion in the Middle East (2000).

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