Published: July 2003
Over the centuries the Middle East has confounded the dreams of conquerors and peacemakers alike. This now-classic book fully updated to 2013, follows the historic struggles of the region over the last two hundred years, from Napoleon's assault on Egypt, through the slow decline and fall of the Ottoman Empire, to the painful emergence of modern nations, the Palestinian question, Islamic resurgence, and the Arab Spring.
For this fourth edition, Economist journalist and Middle East correspondent Nicolas Pelham has written an extensive new chapter examining recent developments throughout the Middle East, including the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, the situation in Iran, the continuing Arab-Israeli conflict and the seismic changes across the region.
A History of the Middle East is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand one of the most crucial and volatile nerve centres of the world and its prospects for the future.
Now updated to cover the Arab Spring
'An excellent political overview.' Guardian
'The best overall survey of the politics, regional rivalries and economics of the contemporary Arab world.' Washington Post