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The Unmaking of the Middle East

Written for those who want to know more about the Middle East than the mainstream media is willing or able to tell, this book begins by examining a question that has been asked by numerous commentators since September 11, 2001: 'Why do they hate us?' Jeremy Salt offers the background essential for understanding the Middle East today by chronicling the long and bloody history of Western intervention in Arab lands. In lucid detail, he examines the major events that have shaped the region - ranging from the French in Algeria and the British in Egypt in the nineteenth century to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and to the continuing war in Iraq. Linking all of these together, Salt paints a damning picture of a sustained campaign by Western powers to dominate the Middle East by whatever means necessary. Throughout, he emphasizes the human cost of the policies put in place to preserve 'Western interests' or in the name of bringing civilization, democracy, or freedom to the region. Making use of extensive research in U.S. and British archives that reveals what politicians were deciding behind closed doors, and why, this is a book that will change the way we see the Middle East.
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Table of Contents

Introduction PART I. "WHY DO THEY HATE US?" 1. Civilization and Its Contradictions 2. Science and Barbarism PART II: SACRED TRUSTS 3. Ottoman Breakdown 4. Exit the Sharif 5. Small Wars in Iraq 6. Double Colonialism in Palestine 7. Civil War along the Potomac PART III. THE AMERICAN ASCENDANCY 8. The "Tripartite Aggression" 9. My Enemy's Special Friend 10: LBJ's Other War 11. Disabling Lebanon PART IV. THE BUSH WARS 12 . Into the Gulf 13. George the Son 14. The Long Campaign Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

Jeremy Salt teaches in the Department of Political Science at Bilkent University in Ankara and is author of Imperialism, Evangelism, and the Ottoman Armenians, 1878-1896.


"Should be mandatory reading for all Western policy makers, academics and intelligent lay public thinking about yet another invasion of any Middle Eastern state." Cookeville Herald-Citizen "A general history that will give newspaper readers an alternative account of the major political events in the modern Middle East." The Historian

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