A History of Modern Yemen
By (author) Paul Dresch
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History of Modern Yemen by Paul Dresch
Book DescriptionTo the outside world, Yemen is famous for its beautiful landscapes and architecture. However, as Paul Dresch demonstrates, Yemen's modern history is unique and deserves to be better understood. While the borders of most Middle East states were defined by colonial powers after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, a single Yemeni state was not formed until 1990. In fact, much of Yemen's twentieth-century history was taken up constructing such a state, forged after years of civil war between the North and the South. The story is a complex one, but the author handles it masterfully, employing his skills as an anthropologist to re-enact the experiences of those involved through personal encounters and a first-hand knowledge of the region. The narrative is fast-moving and interactive, introducing the non-expert painlessly and pleasurably to a little-known slice of Arab history. Conversely, the expert will find much that is new on every page.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521794824
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 7-Dec-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Paul Dresch
Legalism, Hardback (September 2012)
What is legalism and what counts as law? How do legal concepts work in a range of historical and ethnographic settings? The problems anthropology and history share in dealing with law are addressed here from a range of perspectives including medieval England and France, Burma, India, Saharan oases, and southern Arabia.
Monarchies and Nations, Paperback (July 2011)
Despite their small populations, Arab states exercise an enormous and global influence. By combining the views of anthropologists, political scientists and others, this book explores how the citizen populations of these states define themselves in a wider context.
Tribes, Government and History in Yemen, Paperback (December 1993)» View all books by Paul Dresch
This study combines history and ethnography to describe the tribal system in Yemen over the last thousand years, and examines the values the tribal people themselves bring to the contemporary world of nation states.
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