Empires of the Sand by Efraim Karsh
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Empires of the Sand
By Efraim Karsh

Empires of the Sand

The Struggle for Mastery in the Middle East, 1789-1923

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Empires of the Sand by Efraim Karsh

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Empires of the Sand offers a bold and comprehensive reinterpretation of the struggle for mastery in the Middle East during the long nineteenth century. Backed by a wealth of archival sources, the authors refute the standard belief that Europe was responsible for the destruction of the Ottoman Empire and the region's political unity. Instead, they argue that the main impetus for the developments of this momentous period came from the local actors. Efraim Karsh and Inari Karsh see not a "clash of civilizations" but a pattern of pragmatic cooperation and conflict between the Middle East and the West during the past two centuries. Such a vision affords daringly new ways of viewing the Middle East's past as well as its volatile present.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674005419
ISBN-10: 0674005414
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 28mm)
Pages: 426
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Efraim Karsh

Efraim Karsh is Professor and Director of the Mediterranean Studies Program at King's College, London. Inari Karsh is a scholar of Middle East history and politics.

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