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Modern Conflict in the Greater Middle East

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Modern Conflict in the Greater Middle East

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Modern Conflict in the Greater Middle East. Edited by Spencer C. Tucker. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2017. 420 p. $94.00 (ISBN: 978-1-4408-4360-0). E-book available (978-1-4408-4361-7), call for pricing.

Modern Conflict in the Greater Middle East, edited by Spencer C. Tucker, dates modern conflicts between and among twenty-two countries from the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire beginning in 1918 to when the book went to press in 2016, with no end in sight for the civil war in Syria, much less for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Linked by religious and cultural affinities, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the North African countries of Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia are included as part of a lately considered greater Middle East, as are Cyprus, Iran, and Turkey. A brief overview of the historical events out of which the geopolitical greater Middle East emerged sets the stage for the seemingly intractable modern conflict of the volume's title.

Modern Conflict in the Greater Middle East is arranged by countries in alphabetical order and follows a consistent format. Preceding each country chapter is a map that shows the location of its major cities and situates the country in relationship to its neighbors. The author or authors of the narrative history that follows are cited at the head of each essay. Their credentials are listed in the "Contributors" section at the end of the volume.

A timeline affords the opportunity to insert additional material as well as to summarize significant events in chronological order, though with less attention paid to the military, political, and biographical details that the prolific Tucker's six-volume A Global Chronology of Conflict: From the Ancient World to the Modern Middle East (ABC-CLIO, 2010) contains. Books in the "Further Reading" lists include trade and academic titles, most published between the late 1970s and the mid-2000s. …

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