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.

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Fertile Crescent: Selected full-text books and articles

The Pattern of Asia By John E. Brush; Norton S. Ginsburg 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"
The Middle East in Transition: Studies in Contemporary History By Walter Z. Laqueur Praeger, 1958
Librarian’s tip: "Political Trends in the Fertile Crescent" begins on p. 121
Peasants & Potters By Harold Peake; Herbert John Fleure Yale University Press, 1927
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "The Fertile Crescent and the Nile"
The Arab Balance of Power By Alan R. Taylor Syracuse University Press, 1982
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of the Fertile Crescent in multiple chapters
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