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The Makers of the Modern Middle East
Author: T. G. Fraser

ISBN: 9781909942004
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 358
Published: 31 March 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.0 x 2.5
In 1914, the Middle East was still dominated, as it had been for some four centuries, by the Ottoman empire; by 1923, its political shape had changed beyond recognition as the result of the insistent claims of Arab and Turkish nationalism and of Zionism. This book examines that historic transformation, taking as its focus the work of three leaders. The Hashemite Emir Feisal hoped to head an Arab kingdom but was thwarted by the French. The Turkish war hero Mustafa Kemal defied the imperial ambitions of the European powers to inspire a new Turkish nationalism, founding a secular republic on the ruins of the defeated empire.  The Russian-born scientist Chaim Weizmann seized the chance to secure the Balfour Declaration in favour of Zionism from the British in 1917, and then successfully argued for a British Mandate for Palestine which would carry this out. 
These events set the pattern for what was to follow in much of the Middle East to the present day, including the popular uprisings witnessed in Egypt and Tunisia in 2011. This book, based on extensive research, is a clear account of how the region as we now know it emerged from World War One ...

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