The English Job
Understanding Iran – And Why it Distrusts Britain
With tensions high between Iran and the West, former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw examines the history of Anglo-Iranian relations since Anthony Jenkinson’s visit in the 16th century. Iran’s hostility, he argues, is rooted in Britain’s former dominance of its oil, tobacco and banking industries, its role in the 1953 overthrow of Mohammad Mossadegh, and its support for the last Shah.
A Century of Myth and Politics
Rather than interpret the 1958 conflict within Lebanon as part of a broader upheaval of the Middle East along pro- and anti-Western fault lines, Kanaan argues that the Lebanese crisis originated in a failure of consensus over the nation’s identity, and traces the seeds of this conflict back to the 19th century and relationships between the Maronite and Druze communities.
Biography of a Town
Nicholas Blincoe draws on his own long experience of living in Bethlehem as he lovingly describes the past and present of this city located between hills and desert and suffused with history and myth. Taking the reader through its stone streets, monasteries, aqueducts and orchards, he tells how it developed from the little town of Biblical times to the overcrowded city of today, whose inhabitants are caught up in the intractable complexities and contradictions of conflict and occupation.
TE Lawrence in War and Peace
The Military Writings of Lawrence of Arabia, an Anthology
Written before he became an international celebrity, the pieces in this collection shed light on Lawrence’s enigmatic personality and thoughts on war and politics. The first part consists of dispatches from Arabia; the second contains articles published in The Times and elsewhere on post-war reconstruction, revolution and guerrilla warfare. An introduction and notes explain the background to each.
Age of Transition
Byzantine Culture in the Islamic World
In 2012, the catalogue of the exhibition ‘Byzantium and Islam: The Age of Transition’ explored the cultural interaction between the Christian and Jewish communities and the world of Islam. In eleven illustrated essays, this volume extends that investigation, exploring topics including the floor mosaics of Gerasa in Jordan, communal boundaries in Cairo and the destruction of images in eighth-century Palestine.
The Secret Struggle for the Middle East
Tracing the long-running policies of Western nations and their manipulations of leaders and groups in the Arab and Islamic world, this study explores how they have contributed to the failure of the Arab Spring, the emergence of Islamic State and conflicts across the Middle East.
No Turning Back
Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria
This year-by-year account tracks the Syrian civil war from the first peaceful protests in Damascus in 2011 to 2016. Based on interviews with civilians, Free Syrian Army fighters and Islamist militias, it offers a human account of the devastation inflicted by the conflict, the ideological and religious passions involved, and the secret deals that armed and then betrayed the uprising.
The Middle East
A Beginner's Guide
Revised in 2016, Philip Robins’s introduction to the key issues preoccupying the Middle East today begins with chapters on the historical background of European imperialism in the region and ends with the Arab Spring, the Syrian ‘powder keg’ and the growth of militant Islamism. Slightly off-mint.
The Eastern Mediterranean Frontier of Latin Christendom
The Expansion of Latin Europe, 1000–1500, Volume 6
Between the late 9th and mid-14th centuries, the culture of Latin Christendom spread outwards in all directions from the heartland of Western Europe, despite resistance at the frontiers, the Black Death and the growth of Islam. The Expansion of Latin Europe, 1000–1500 series focuses on the process within geographical areas, tracing the origins of the later era of global expansion. Volume 6 covers the frontier regions of the East Mediterranean, with 22 essays discussing travel, trade and economy; migration and colonization; the Crusades; the military orders; and cross-cultural encounters. No jacket.
Crusaders and Franks
Studies in the History of the Crusades and the Frankish Levant
Dealing both with participants in the crusading expeditions and with the Westerners who settled in Frankish Levant and their descendants, this volume of 22 articles includes studies of the First Crusade, the 1096 persecution of the Jews, the maps available to crusaders, and the Fourth Crusaders who sailed to Acre rather than Constantinople. Variorum Collected Studies. No jacket.
Moscow's Game of Poker
Russian Military Intervention in Syria, 2015–2017
Tom Cooper details the Russian involvement in the Syria conflict, outlining its military forces’ intentions and capabilities and explaining the complex geopolitical situation. The book includes action photos of the most significant aircraft that were deployed.
MiG-23 Flogger in the Middle East
Mikoyan I Gurevich MiG-23 in Service in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Libya and Syria, 1973–2018
Since the MiG-23 was introduced by the Soviets in the 1970s, it has been exported to five major Arab countries. Illustrated with rare images, this history shows the pivotal role it has played in subsequent conflicts in the region.
In the Shadow of the Sword
The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World
Taking a sceptical approach to the traditional story of Islam’s origins, Holland surveys the world of late antiquity, which saw ‘the establishment, for the first time in history, of various brands of monotheism as state religions’. He explores how patterns of thought were altered as an Arab superpower replaced the Roman and Persian empires, with far-reaching consequences for world history.
Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent and the Obsessions that Forged Modern Europe
As the Ottoman Empire reached its apogee and feudal Europe developed into national states, four dynamic rulers each shaped their domains – the English and French kings, the Holy Roman Emperor and the Sultan. With his characteristically colourful approach, Norwich discusses the achievements of these men and weaves their stories together to reveal how their relationships changed the continent. ‘Sometimes friends, more often enemies, always rivals, the four of them held Europe in the hollow of their hands.’
A History of the Last Hundred Years
Providing background and context to the current civil war in Syria, this book starts with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the division of the region between the French and the British in the 1920s and examines the legacy of colonial rule. The policies of the Assads, father and son, throughout their 50-year dictatorship are scrutinized, and the impact of the Cold War, the Arab–Israeli conflict and the rise of ISIL are assessed.
‘The house of the one God, the capital of two peoples, the temple of three religions’, Jerusalem was long considered the centre of the world and, in the age of 24-hour news, is now more intensely scrutinized than ever. Montefiore’s anecdote-filled narrative covers the long history of faith, violence and coexistence that has shaped the city, from the days of King David, through the birth of Christianity and Islam, to the present-day Israel–Palestine conflict. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Death and Intrigue in the Promised Land
In February 1942, in a Tel Aviv flat, Assistant Superintendent Geoffrey Morton shot Avraham Stern dead. This first biography tells of Stern’s comfortable upbringing as a dentist’s son in small-town Poland, his emigration to Palestine and his commitment to the Zionist cause. It describes the terrorist attacks he organized against British targets, and his subsequent elevation as a martyr to the cause of Israel.
Makers of the Modern World: Chaim Weizmann
The Zionist Dream
The Zionist cause was peripheral to the European concerns of the Paris Peace Conference, yet Chaim Weizmann (1874–1952), future President of the State of Israel, ensured Zionist voices were at the centre of diplomatic negotiations crucial to the future of Palestine.
New Perspectives on the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 1915–16
The doomed Gallipoli campaign – the Allied military effort to force a passage through the Dardanelles Straits and knock Ottoman Turkey out of the war – has been controversial since the final evacuation of troops from the Peninsula in January 1916. Focusing on the MEF, this volume presents original research by more than 20 historians: Part I covers the structure of the battle; Part II discusses command and control; Part III deals with support and enablers, including British air power, nurses, chaplains and mining.
Deciphering a Memory
Although Jesus’ conversation with Pilate was a moment of enormous political and theological significance, the Roman governor of Judaea is a shadowy figure in the Gospel accounts. Schiavone takes the reader on a ‘journey within early Christian memory’ to investigate what can be learned from those narratives and their intersection with Judaeo-Roman historiography: who was Pilate, what was he thinking during his questioning of Jesus and how did he become a figure of such controversy and ambiguity? American-cut pages.
Kingdom of Olives and Ash
Writers Confront the Occupation
Edited in cooperation with Breaking the Silence, an NGO of former Israeli soldiers who served in the Occupied Territories, this collection of essays reflects on the human cost of 50 years of occupation, conflict and destruction in the West Bank and Gaza. The contributors include such celebrated international writers as Mario Vargas Llosa, Colm Tóibín, Eimear McBride, Hari Kunzru, Dave Eggers and Rachel Kushner.
Memories of a Bygone Age
Qajar Persia and Imperial Russia 1853–1902
The son of a provincial merchant, Prince Arfa rose to the heights of Iranian politics. His memoir, written shortly before his death in 1936, records the decline of the Persian Empire, and his time as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Russian court of Nicholas II.
Iran's Constitutional Revolution of 1906
Narratives of the Enlightenment
In ten essays, this volume explores aspects of Iran’s Constitutional Revolution, including the writings of Mirza Fatali Akhundzade, Mirza Aqa Khan Kermani’s political thought, the use of photography, and the influence of Iranian contacts with the West and modernity.
The Man Who Created the Middle East
A Story of Empire, Conflict and the Sykes-Picot Agreement
In 1916, the British and French diplomats, Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot, signed an agreement to partition the Ottoman Empire after the First World War in the event of an Allied victory. It was one of the most controversial and divisive treaties of the 20th century. In this biography of Sir Mark Sykes (1879–1919) his grandson uses family correspondence to reappraise the diplomat’s life and work and his largely misunderstood role in the Middle East.
Fawzi Al-Qawuqji and the Fight for Arab Independence 1914–1948
From the First World War, when he fought in the Ottoman Army, to the 1948 war for Palestine, the military leader Fawzi Al-Qawuqji was highly influential in the Arab nationalist struggle. Drawing on published memoirs and private papers, this biography unravels the complexities of this controversial figure.
Baggage of Empire
Reporting Politics and Industry in the Shadow of Imperial Decline
The former BBC industrial editor Martin Adeney blends memoir and history as he surveys the ruins of great industries and the rise of Thatcherism to reveal how the long decline of the British Empire has shaped the nation.
Memories and the City
Against a backdrop of shattered monuments, neglected villas and ghostly backstreets, a daydreaming boy seeks refuge from family discord in the imagination. In this highly original memoir, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk interweaves his own life, and the lives of his glamorous, unhappy parents, with that of his home city. The result is a blend of family reminiscence, history, philosophy, literature, art criticism and urban myth. This edition contains a new introduction and more than 200 additional photographs.
The Sultan and the Queen
The Untold Story of Elizabeth and Islam
Excommunicated in 1570, Queen Elizabeth I found the key markets of Catholic Europe closed to English merchants; instead, she reached out to the Shah of Iran, the King of Morocco and the Ottoman Sultan. This history reveals how English merchants, sailors and diplomats plied their trade with the Muslim world, creating a fashion for the Orient in London that was reflected in the plays of Marlowe and Shakespeare. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
No Room for Small Dreams
Courage, Imagination, and the Making of Modern Israel
One of the founders of modern Israel, Shimon Peres served his country as prime minister, president and foreign minister. He is best remembered, however, for his unswerving commitment to peace. In this final book, completed shortly before his death in 2016, he reflects on 70 years in politics, the turning points in Israeli history, the qualities required for leadership, and the hard choices that face his nation in the quest for peace.
A Rage for Order
The Middle East in Turmoil, From Tahrir Square to Isis
New York Times correspondent Robert F Worth gives his analysis of the contemporary Middle East in this investigation of how the optimism of the Arab Spring of 2011 disintegrated into civil wars, brutal repressions and the rise of Islamic State. Illuminating the conflicts and contradictions through people caught between loyalties to family, sect, country or religion, the narrative focuses on Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Tunisia.
The Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Rulers and Their World
In the modern West, the Ottoman Empire is associated with just a few significant events, such as the fall of Constantinople in 1453, but the dynasty of the sultans exercised its wide influence for longer than the British, French or Mughal Empires. This account of Ottoman history sets out the full 600-year process of growth and decline, focusing on the lives and achievements of the sultans themselves and giving the background to the power struggles in today’s Islamic world.
In the Footsteps of Abraham
The Holy Land in Hand-Painted Photographs
The birthplace of three great Abrahamic faiths, the Holy Land occupies a unique status in history. In the 1920s Arie Speelman, a Dutch Christian, commissioned the hand-colouring of 1,200 black-and-white slides of the area. This book explains their background and reproduces a magnificent selection of these images, which were bequeathed to Amsterdam's Jewish Historical Museum. They offer a rare glimpse of towns, villages and landscapes before the onset of modernization, as Jesus might have seen them.
City of Peace, City of Blood
When US troops entered Baghdad in 2003 they became the latest participants in a drama stretching back 13 centuries. The 'City of Peace', seat of a glittering Islamic civilization and home to astronomers, mathematicians, poets and musicians, has often been one of the most violent places on Earth. This history – the first in English for almost a century – examines Baghdad's changing fortunes, from its foundation by the caliph al-Mansur to Saddam Hussein.
The Siege of Jerusalem
Crusade and Conquest in 1099
In this vivid narrative history Kostick retells the events that unfolded following the arrival of a Christian army at Jerusalem in June 1099. He also sets this siege and the brutal sack of the city against the wider background of the First Crusade, following the crusaders on their march towards Jerusalem, highlighting tensions and factions among their ranks and assessing both the immediate aftermath and the longer-term legacy for the Crusade's leaders.
Jerusalem Stone and Spirit
3000 Years of History and Art
As the spiritual centre of the world's three monotheistic religions, Jerusalem has for 3,000 years been a crossroads of art, architecture and history. This volume tells its story from a new point of view, blending a richly detailed historical account of the city from the time of King David to the early 20th century, with art and artefacts from across the world that illustrate Jerusalem's cultural and spiritual significance far beyond the earthly city.
Medieval Sieges and Siege Craft
With the proliferation of formalized cities, the medieval period became the 'golden age' of siege warfare, an age of trebuchets and mangonels, boiling oil and Greek fire. In this accessible study of medieval siegecraft, Hindley traces the development of strongpoints, castles and fortified towns, examines the problems of logistics and food supplies for both the besieged and besiegers and shows how some of the most famous sieges changed the course of history in Europe and the Holy Land.
A Traveller's History of Turkey
This Traveller's History is part of a series described by The Daily Telegraph as 'ideal before-you-go reading'. The concise, informative and useful history is for travellers who want a comprehensive view of the country's past and more detail than ordinary tourists' guides can provide. The book includes a chronology, gazetteer, a list of further reading and an index and is illustrated with maps, plans and line drawings.
A Short History of the Middle East
The Middle East has given rise to three great religions, but also to some of the world's most intractable conflicts. This succinct, accessible history charts its development from ancient Babylon and Egypt to the present day. It examines the impact of the Roman and Persian empires, the rise of Islam, the long years of Ottoman rule, the struggles of the 20th century and the growth of Islamic radicalism.