This title is a collection of essays evaluating Elie Kedourie's work and his legacy to scholarship. Of his own work, three pieces are included, and one of his essays: "The Jews of Babylon and Baghdad" is published here for the first time.
At the end of the First World War the modern Middle East was created by Britain and France, who carved up the old Ottoman possessions with scant regard for the wishes of those who lived there. Frontiers were devised and alien dynasties imposed on the populations as arbitrarily as in mediaeval times. It was destined from the outset to failure. Promises had been made to the Arabs during the War, but were not honoured, and brief hopes for Arab unity were dashed, leading to a bitter belief in western perfidy that persists to the present day. Britain was quick to see the riches promised by the black pools of oil that lay on the ground around Baghdad, and when France too grasped their importance, bitter differences opened up between the two allies, and the areas became a focus of a return to the traditional enmity between them.
Release on 2011-06-01 | by Israel Gershoni,Amy Singer,Y. Hakan Erdem
Narrating the Twentieth Century
Author: Israel Gershoni,Amy Singer,Y. Hakan Erdem
Pubpsher: University of Washington Press
This collection of ten essays focuses on the way major schools and individuals have narrated histories of the Middle East. The distinguished contributors explore the historiography of economic and intellectual history, nationalism, fundamentalism, colonialism, the media, slavery, and gender. In doing so, they engage with some of the most controversial issues of the twentieth century. Middle Eastern studies today cover a rich and varied terrain, yet the study of the profession itself has been relatively neglected. There is, however, an ever-present need to examine what the research has chosen to include and exclude and to become more consciously aware of shifts in research approaches and methods. This collection illuminates the evolving state of the art and suggests new directions for further research.
The Minister for External Affairs, and the dominant force in the formation of Australian foreign policy for a crucial decade in the battle over Palestine (1941-1949), Herbert Vere Evatt played a central role in the Australian political response to Zionism and the conflict in Palestine. This book, which uses a variety of primary sources from Australia, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States, provides a valuable study of Evatt the Zionist, as well as illuminating a fascinating political figure. This valuable book charts the debate in Australia over the creation of a Jewish state as well as providing a genuinely entertaining study of Evatt himself.
Elie Kedourie was one of the twentieth century’s most important and controversial historians of the Middle East. He redefined the landscape of the field by challenging the notion that the West’s imperial domination of the region spawned nationalism in Arab countries. In a long career lecturing in politics at the London School of Economics, Kedourie inspired a generation of political scientists and politicians. A dedicated scholar and meticulous teacher, he founded Middle Eastern Studies, a journal which, forty years after its launch, remains one of the leading publications in the field and a monument to his work. Bringing together some of the most distinguished figures in Middle Eastern studies, this collection evaluates Kedourie’s contribution to Middle Eastern history and political thought and assesses the impact of his scholarly legacy. The volume contains a complete bibliography of his writing and was previously published as a special issue of Middle Eastern Studies.
Arab Nationalism, the United States, and Postwar Imperialism
Author: William Roger Louis
Pubpsher: Oxford University Press
This is a far-reaching study of how Britain's postwar Labour government attempted to sustain a vision of Britain as a world power. Committed to the liquidation of the old British Empire, the government sought to develop new relationships in the Middle East as a replacement for India, hoping to halt the decline of the Empire by putting it on a new basis. Caught between the forces of anti-British nationalism and American anti-colonialism, the attempt was ultimately destined to fail; but it marks a crucial phase in the story of British imperialism and of Middle Eastern history.