This textbook assembles key writings on the modern history of the Middle East by some of the most distinguished specialists in the field. The book aims to meet the needs of a wide range of students. After a general introduction by Albert Hourani, the essays are arranged in four sections: reforming elites and changing relations with Europe 1789-1918; transformation in society and economy 1789-1918; imperialism and nationalism in the interwar period; and the Middle East since World War II. This revised edition contains a range of additional material on the history of the region since the 1990s.
Albert Hourani (1915-1993) was Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford and Reader in the Modern History of the Middle East at the University of Oxford. His books include 'A History of the Arab Peoples'. Philip S. Khoury is Professor of History and Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His books include Urban Notables and Arab Nationalism (1983) and Syria and the French Mandate (1987), and Tribes and State Formation in the Middle East (1990). Mary C. Wilson is Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is author of King Abdullah, Britain and the Making of Jordan (1987).