Fertile Crescent

Fertile Crescent, historic region of the Middle East. A well-watered and fertile area, it arcs across the northern part of the Syrian desert. It is flanked on the west by the Mediterranean and on the east by the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, and includes all or parts of Israel, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. From antiquity this region was the site of settlements and the scene of bloody raids and invasions.

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Fertile Crescent, 1800-1914: A Documentary Economic History
Charles Issawi.
Oxford University Press, 1988
The Pattern of Asia
Norton S. Ginsburg; John E. Brush.
Prentice-Hall, 1958
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XXXV "The Fertile Crescent I: Israel and Lebanon" and Chap. XXXVI "The Fertile Crescent II: Syria, Jordan, and Iraq"
Governments and Politics of the Middle East in the Twentieth Century
H. B. Sharabi.
D. Van Nostrand, 1962
The Middle East in Transition: Studies in Contemporary History
Walter Z. Laqueur.
Praeger, 1958
Librarian’s tip: "Political Trends in the Fertile Crescent" begins on p. 121
Peasants & Potters
Harold Peake; Herbert John Fleure.
Yale University Press, 1927
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "The Fertile Crescent and the Nile"
From Tribe to Empire: Social Organization among Primitives and in the Ancient East
C. K. Ogden; A. Moret; G. Davy.
Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1926
The Arab Balance of Power
Alan R. Taylor.
Syracuse University Press, 1982
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of the Fertile Crescent in multiple chapters
Empire and Elites after the Muslim Conquest: The Transformation of Northern Mesopotamia
Chase F. Robinson.
Cambridge University Press, 2000
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