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
Book DescriptionEmpires 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 DetailsISBN: 9780674005419
(235mm x 155mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Efraim Karsh
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Rejecting the conventional Western interpretation of Middle Eastern history as an offshoot of global power politics, the author contends that the region's experience is the culmination of long-existing indigenous trends, passions and patterns of behaviour, and that foremost among these is Islam's millenarian imperial tradition.
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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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