eBook Idiot's Guides: The Middle East Conflict, 1st Edition

  • Alan Axelrod
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  • ISBN-10: 1615646418
  • ISBN-13: 9781615646418
  • DDC: 956
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 368 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released January 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014
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The Middle East is a pressure cooker of constant upheaval, and always with the threat of war in the air. But digging deeper reveals that there are complex dynamics at work, both culturally and politically, and understanding the conflict in this region starts with understanding not only recent events, but ancient events, as well. Noted history writer Alan Axelrod breaks down the political and cultural stereotypes and helps readers not only understand what has happened in the last 100 years, but why it has happened, who was involved, and what might happen in the future. Readers will learn about the ancient conflicts and tensions that still drive many of the events of today, and then help readers understand how those events still shape the region. Readers will learn about the conflicts and events of the last century, as well as the current century, and how those have shaped a region that is in constant turmoil and always in a state of change.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Dedication Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Clash of Empires.
2: The Crusades.
3: The Mongol Invasions.
4: The Ottoman Era.
5: Peoples in Conflict.
6: Visions of Zion.
7: A “War to End All Wars”.
8: The Power of Political Islam.
9: The Holocaust and the Exodus.
10: A History of Violence.
11: Oil, Autocracy, and Revolt.
12: The Arab-Israeli War, 1948–1949.
13: Suez: Crisis and War, 1956.
14: Palestinians Stand Up.
15: The Six-Day War, 1967.
16: The Yom Kippur War, 1973.
17: Global Battleground.
18: Iran’s Islamic Revolution.
19: The Gulf War.
20: Acts of Asymmetry.
21: The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
22: Risings and Revolutions.
23: Borderlands.
24: Storms of the “Arab Spring”.
25: Civil War in Syria.
Appendix: Additional Resources.