A Political Chronology of the Middle East

A Political Chronology of the Middle East

A Political Chronology of the Middle East

A Political Chronology of the Middle East


This is the third title in a new six-volume series of Political Chronologies of the World. The first volume was A Political Chronology of Europe, the second covered Central, South and East Asia and forthcoming titles will deal with Africa, South-East Asia and Oceania, and the Americas.

Although the book includes greater coverage of more-recent events—particularly in countries with a recent history of political upheaval—it also provides invaluable detail on the early history of each nation. The importance of the Middle East in the first millennium AD and earlier entails a greater number of entries from this period in certain countries than in other volumes in this series. Each chronology begins at least as early as the emergence of an entity resembling the modern nation, and in many cases considerably earlier.

The territorial disputes on the island of Cyprus and in the Israeli Occupied Territories present a difficulty for the Editors of a book such as this. In order to avoid the repetition of much of the Cyprus chapter, inter-community relations on that island are covered only once: the chapter on the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ deals chiefly with that entity’s internal politics. Regarding Israel and the Palestinian Autonomous Areas, it is intended that these two chapters should complement each other to form a Chronology of the geographical area concerned. It is inevitable that some duplication will occur when the respective political histories are so largely dominated by bilateral relations; however, it is intended that the Palestinian Autonomous Areas chapter should concentrate principally on the development of the Palestinian political entities, with some earlier information, while events relating to Palestinians in other countries will appear in those countries’ chapters.

In addition to coverage of purely political events, each title in the series also includes details of the principal economic, cultural and social landmarks in the history of each nation. Examples might include the adoption of new languages, alphabets, calendars or religions.

This series aims to be the first point of reference for concise information on the history of each nation in the world. It is hoped that the volumes in the series will enable readers easily to locate self-contained entries on the period and area in which their interest lies.

August 2001

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