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Making The Modern Middle East
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In 1914, the Middle East was still dominated, as it had been for some four centuries, by the Ottoman Empire; by 1923, its political shape had changed beyond recognition as the result of the insistent claims of Arab and Turkish nationalism and of Zionism. is book examines that historic transformation, taking as its focus the work of three leaders. The Hashemite Emir Feisal hoped to head an Arab kingdom in Syria but was thwarted by the French. The Turkish war hero Mustafa Kemal defied the imperial ambitions of the European powers, inspiring a new Turkish nationalism and founding a secular republic on the ruins of the defeated empire. e Russian-born scientist Chaim Weizmann seized the chance to secure the Balfour Declaration in favour of Zionism from the British in 1917, and then successfully argued for a British mandate for Palestine which would carry this out. These events set the pa ern for what was to follow in much of the Middle East to the present day. This book, based on extensive research, is a clear account of how the region as we now know it emerged from the First World War and its aftermath, with legacies which ought not to be ignored. For the first time the ongoing conflict in the Middle East is not presented from one perspective, but approached from a transnational angle and set against a multi-faceted historical background.

TG Fraser is Professor Emeritus at Ulster University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, of the Royal Society of Arts, and of the Royal Asiatic Society. He is the author of Chaim Weizmann: The Zionist Dream. Andrew Mango (1926-2014) was the author of the de native biography of Atatürk (2002), From the Sultan to Atatürk: Turkey as well as an account of modern Turkey, The Turks Today (2005). Robert McNamara is currently a Senior Lecturer in International History at Ulster University. His publications include Britain, Nasser and the Balance of Power in the Middle East from the Egyptian Revolution to the Six Day War (2003) and The Hashemites: The Dream of Arabia (2010).

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