How did the US become a world power? How did it become involved in the Middle East? What is the history and nature of its 'special relationship' with Israel?
Given the increase in tensions in the Middle East, and the United States' involvement in them, news coverage is in abundance. Yet, the reportage and discussion of American foreign policy is often narrow in scope, offering little background or context. And yet, the historical record sharply contrasts with reportage. Guiding the reader through a panoramic sweep of world and American history, we see how the US became a world power, how the Middle East became 'modern' and how Israel became an American 'strategic asset.' Disavowing the rhetoric commonly used by heads of state, press secretaries, news media, and commentators, we see how recent turmoil is closer to business-as-usual.
Gregory Harms is an independent scholar based in Chicago. He is co-author of the classic textbook The Palestine-Israel Conflict (Pluto, 2017) and author of Straight Power Concepts in the Middle East (Pluto, 2010).
Acknowledgments Preface Part 1: History and context 1. From empire to nation-state: the genesis of modernity's 500 years 2. The rise of American power: from Columbus to the Cold War Part 2: Dominion and supremacy 3. The modern Middle East and Israel: a summary 4. The United States and Israel: the special relationship from Truman to Reagan Part 3: Diplomacy and influence 5. The peace process: anatomy of an injustice 6. The Israel lobby: anatomy of a controversy Conclusion Select Bibliography Index