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The Middle East: 2000 Years of History From the Rise of Christianity to the Present Day

by Bernard Lewis

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Series: Phoenix Press History of Civilization

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In this immensely readable and wide-ranging book, Bernard Lewis charts the successive transformations of the Middle East, beginning with the two great empires, the Roman and the Persian, and covering the growth of Christianity, the rise and spread of Islam, the waves of invaders from the east, the Mongol hordes of Jengiz Khan, the rise of the Ottoman Turks, and the changing balance of power between the Muslim and Christian worlds. 'This book is a masterpiece' Sir Anthony Parsons, Daily Telegraph… (more)
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With the recent escalation of conflict in the Middle East I felt compelled to become more knowledgeable regarding the conflict and the history of the Middle East. Bernard Lewis is said to have been one of the foremost world experts on this complex part of the world so I thought this would be a good place to start. Spoiler alert - I gave up after 280 pages. Professor Lewis was clearly exceptionally learned and I am sure that those in academia would have found this book extraordinary. For my part I thought it was dense, very hard to follow and written in a manner that was far too academic for my taste. There is no question that the Middle East is steeped in a complex history however this book takes something complex and amplifies the complexity rather than distilling or interpreting it in a way that is accessible for those who are not as scholarly. ( )
  RickK | Nov 23, 2023 |
Tedious in some parts but overall a good broad primer on the region. ( )
  btbell_lt | Aug 1, 2022 |
Anyone who wants to understand the Middle East should start with Bernard Lewis. ( )
  TDWolsey | Dec 8, 2016 |
A very nice narration of the happenings in the Middle East for the past nearly 2 millenia. Anyone wanting to know about this most misunderstood region should read this book first.
  danoomistmatiste | Jan 24, 2016 |
A very nice narration of the happenings in the Middle East for the past nearly 2 millenia. Anyone wanting to know about this most misunderstood region should read this book first.
  kkhambadkone | Jan 17, 2016 |
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The distinguished scholar Bernard Lewis has written a gem of a book, eminently readable and full of wonderful insights and brilliant aperçus. It combines narrative and analysis in just the right proportions and embraces the whole sweep of the history of the Near and Middle East, starting as far back as late antiquity. The study then moves forward, step by step, through the far-flung empires of the caliphs and sultans to the more recent emergence of the Arab world, after a long period of subjection and passivity, to independence and self-assertion. Professor Lewis concludes his book with some parting thoughts, elegantly and persuasively presented, on the reasons for the Middle East’s present uneasy confrontation with the challenges posed by European (and more recently American) modernity.
 

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In this immensely readable and wide-ranging book, Bernard Lewis charts the successive transformations of the Middle East, beginning with the two great empires, the Roman and the Persian, and covering the growth of Christianity, the rise and spread of Islam, the waves of invaders from the east, the Mongol hordes of Jengiz Khan, the rise of the Ottoman Turks, and the changing balance of power between the Muslim and Christian worlds. 'This book is a masterpiece' Sir Anthony Parsons, Daily Telegraph

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