The Middle East: A Political and Economic Survey

The Middle East: A Political and Economic Survey

The Middle East: A Political and Economic Survey

The Middle East: A Political and Economic Survey

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In June 1956 it was decided that The Middle East was so much out of date that it must be revised. The success of the earlier editions institutionally edited has been attested by the wide sale of the book and the testimony of many readers. The work of editing a new edition could not, however, be done within Chatham House, and this seemed likely to frustrate the project. Only that possibility induced the present Editor to volunteer for the onerous task. One of the principal difficulties was to find room for the important events of the last four years without increasing considerably the length and consequently the cost of the book. This problem involved severe compression throughout the volume, and also, to the Editor's regret, the sacrifice of some of the early history. The task, which was held up by events in the Middle East, could not have been accomplished without the assistance of Miss Hermia Oliver, who contributed to the final result vastly more than her duties in the Editorial Section of Chatham House required or indeed, strictly speaking, permitted.

The following have contributed material to the new edition: Professor Norman Bentwich, Mrs. Ann Dearden, Professor Saad en Din Fawzi, P. E. L. Fellowes, Albert Hourani, Professor George Kirk, Professor Ann Lambton, Dr. Geoffrey Lewis,T. R. Little, Professor A. E. Mills, Miss Elizabeth Monroe, James Morris, George Rentz, Bernard and Mrs. Heather Seager, F. Stoakes, Bickham Sweet-Escott, and the Editor. New contributors have been able to make use, if they wished, of original chapters written by others for earlier editions. Among those for whose kindness thanks are due, for helping with corrections, advice, and comment, are Professor J. N. D. Anderson, M. Audsley, H. C. Bowen, G. R. F. Bredin, H. S. Deighton, Miss Katharine Duff, Arthur Gaitskell, M. S. Hassan, Miss Wendy Hinde, Dr. P. M. Holt, Albert Hourani, J. B. Kelly, E. Kleiman, Professor Bernard Lewis, Dr. G. Lewis, P. Lienhardt, Brigadier S. H. Longrigg, M. Lonsdale, Dr. John Murray, Mrs. Jenny Nasmyth, A. S. B. Olver, Miss Margery Perham, The Hon. Edwin Samuel, B. Seager, Robert Stephens, F. Stoakes, Bickham Sweet-Escott, Miss Doreen Warriner, and D. C. Watt. In this respect specially heavy work was generously undertaken by John Collard, Sir John Gardener, Professor . . .

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