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Nasser at war : Arab images of the enemy /
Laura M. James.
imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
description
xii, 240 p.
ISBN
0230006434
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Book
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imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
isbn
0230006434
catalogue key
6027790
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Laura M. James previously worked as a College Lecturer in Oxford, an English teacher in Cairo and a UN consultant in Rome
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2007-10-01:
As the author suggests, the era of Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt "marked a critical turning point in modern Middle Eastern history" for several reasons. Egypt's new leader not only replaced monarchy by republic, he also revitalized Arab nationalism as a regional anti-Western political movement and led it into two disastrous wars plus one unwise intervention (in Yemen). Previous studies of Nasser have emphasized a European/Western perspective; this book is refreshing in both approach and content, underscoring the perceptions (and misperceptions) of Nasser and his associates. These misperceptions--of Israeli military strength, of Anglo-French reactions to the Suez nationalization, etc.--brought the Arab world near disaster in one war and total defeat in another. As Nasser noted on his deathbed, "I did not find what I expected." However, Nasser's failure to achieve his goals must be measured against his legacy to the "Arab Revolution," which he began and which is still evolving, from one of mistrust to Islamic radicalization. Summing Up: Recommended. Most levels/libraries. W. Spencer Flagler College
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
The author analyses a critical turning point for the modern Middle East. From his 1956 Suez triumph to the 1967 defeat, President Nasser of Egypt dominated the Arab revolution. Drawing on Arabic material, this history casts a fresh light on Nasser's era and legacy of conflict.
Long Description
"Nasser at War" analyses a critical turning point for the modern Middle East. From his 1956 Suez triumph to the 1967 defeat, President Nasser of Egypt dominated the Arab revolution. Drawing on new Arabic material, this history casts a fresh light on Nasser's era and legacy of conflict. Its exploration of his changing enemy images, and how his former US ally came to be viewed as an imperialist opponent, provides an essential background to developments in the contemporary Arab world.
Main Description
Drawing on new Arabic material, Nasser at War analyzes a critical turning point for the Middle East and casts a fresh light on Nasser's era and legacy of conflict.
Main Description
Nasser at War analyses a critical turning point for the modern Middle East. From his 1956 Suez triumph to the 1967 defeat, President Nasser of Egypt dominated the Arab revolution. Drawing on new Arabic material, this history casts a fresh light on Nasser's era and legacy of conflict. Its exploration of his changing enemy images, and how his former US ally came to be viewed as an imperialist opponent, provides an essential background to developments in the contemporary Arab world.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vi
Abbreviationsp. viii
Introductionp. ix
The Coming and the Going: Friends and Enemies of the Egyptian Revolutionp. 1
Eliminate the Past: Nationalising the Suez Canal Companyp. 21
When the Bombs Started Falling: Suez and the Arab Herop. 37
Revolution or Something to Raise Our Morale: Intervention in Yemenp. 51
A Very Big Forest: Lions and Tigers and Bearsp. 69
Different Names for the Same Thing: Imperialism, Zionism and Reactionp. 88
You Are Welcome, We Are Ready For War: 1967p. 102
One Continuous Nightmare: The Aftermath of Defeatp. 123
No Alternative to Battle: The War of Attritionp. 144
Conclusion: Ambiguous Legacyp. 167
Notesp. 179
Bibliographyp. 216
Indexp. 232
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