Sunday, June 27, 2010

Currently reading- Eugene Rogan's The Arabs: A History

I have read plenty of books on the Middle East but Eugene Rogan's book The Arabs: A History is one of the finest. Eugene Rogan teaches middle eastern history at Oxford University where he is also Director of the Middle East Center.

The book traces the history of Arab hopes, aspirations disappointments and betrayals through distinct historical periods. Starting from the early 16th century, when the Ottomans conquered most of the Arab world, Rogan goes on to explore five centuries of Arab history including the history and terrible legacy of European colonialism, the effects of World War 1 and World War II, the rise of Arab nationalism across the Middle East, the effects of the Cold War and finally the period of US imperialism and hegemony.

An informative review of the book from the UK Guardian can be read here.

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