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Nasser's gamble [electronic resource] : how intervention in Yemen caused the Six-Day War and the decline of Egyptian power /
Jesse Ferris.
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Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2013.
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x, 342 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
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9780691155142 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2013.
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9780691155142 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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8843891
 
Includes bibliographical references (p.319-334)and index.
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" Nassers Gamble tells the story of Egypts intervention in Yemen, a venture that was supposed to last weeks but which dragged on for more than five years before Egyptian troops were finally withdrawn. The point Ferris makes--and he does it exceptionally well--is that the Yemeni episode bears much of the responsibility for the decline of Egyptian power in the 1960s."-- Adeed Dawisha, author of Iraq: A Political History from Independence to Occupation "An engrossing and lively narrative. Ferris has taken advantage of the release of many important Soviet documents and has also made very extensive use of documents from U.S. and British archives, a host of memoirs and other sources in Arabic, and some exceedingly useful items in Hebrew. Nassers Gamble is a model of how a true international history should be written."-- Mark Kramer, Harvard University
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" Nasser's Gamble tells the story of Egypt's intervention in Yemen, a venture that was supposed to last weeks but which dragged on for more than five years before Egyptian troops were finally withdrawn. The point Ferris makes--and he does it exceptionally well--is that the Yemeni episode bears much of the responsibility for the decline of Egyptian power in the 1960s."--Adeed Dawisha, author of Iraq: A Political History from Independence to Occupation "An engrossing and lively narrative. Ferris has taken advantage of the release of many important Soviet documents and has also made very extensive use of documents from U.S. and British archives, a host of memoirs and other sources in Arabic, and some exceedingly useful items in Hebrew. Nasser's Gamble is a model of how a true international history should be written."--Mark Kramer, Harvard University
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Appeared in Choice on 2013-06-01:
Ferris (Israel Democracy Institute) takes a revisionist look at the Arab Cold War, the build-up to the Six-Day War, and Egypt's relationship with both superpowers through the lens of the Yemeni civil war. The author's bold thesis states that "the existential crisis in Egypt, precipitated by five years of conflict with Saudi Arabia in Yemen ... set the stage for the grand conflagration of 1967." While he concedes that the provocation came from Syria, the "crucial ingredient" was Nasser's ambition. Moving troops to the Sinai offered Nasser a face-saving retreat that would allow him to confront Israel and gain superpower attention. Most of the book focuses on the disastrous conflict in Yemen from several different perspectives: Soviet involvement, resources, troops, and negotiations. Ferris complicates several old narratives, including relations with superpowers, utilizing US, various Arabic, and Soviet sources. To see Nasser as simply manipulating one superpower or another, or conversely being rejected by one or another, is inaccurate. Ferris explains Egyptian dependency on US food and Soviet arms to maintain its flagging position of hegemony after Syria's break with the UAR. This work offers a refreshing new perspective on an understudied topic. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Most levels/libraries. M. L. Russell East Carolina University
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[R]equired reading for those interested in the history of the Middle East.
"[R]equired reading for those interested in the history of the Middle East."-- Laura James, History Today
[ Nasser's Gamble ] offers a refreshing new perspective on an understudied topic.
"[ Nasser's Gamble ] offers a refreshing new perspective on an understudied topic."-- Choice
Nasser's Gamble draws on an impressive selection of Russian, US and British diplomatic archives, as well as the Arabic language memoirs of politicians and senior military officials and contemporary press coverage. The book provides a precise and deeply researched analysis of the conflict.
" Nasser's Gamble draws on an impressive selection of Russian, US and British diplomatic archives, as well as the Arabic language memoirs of politicians and senior military officials and contemporary press coverage. The book provides a precise and deeply researched analysis of the conflict."-- Richard Phelps, International Affairs
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Nasser's Gamble draws on declassified documents from six countries and original material in Arabic, German, Hebrew, and Russian to present a new understanding of Egypt's disastrous five-year intervention in Yemen, which Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser later referred to as "my Vietnam." Jesse Ferris argues that Nasser's attempt to export the Egyptian revolution to Yemen played a decisive role in destabilizing Egypt's relations with the Cold War powers, tarnishing its image in the Arab world, ruining its economy, and driving its rulers to instigate the fatal series of missteps that led to war with Israel in 1967. Viewing the Six Day War as an unintended consequence of the Saudi-Egyptian struggle over Yemen, Ferris demonstrates that the most important Cold War conflict in the Middle East was not the clash between Israel and its neighbors. It was the inter-Arab struggle between monarchies and republics over power and legitimacy. Egypt's defeat in the "Arab Cold War" set the stage for the rise of Saudi Arabia and political Islam. Bold and provocative, Nasser's Gamble brings to life a critical phase in the modern history of the Middle East. Its compelling analysis of Egypt's fall from power in the 1960s offers new insights into the decline of Arab nationalism, exposing the deep historical roots of the Arab Spring of 2011.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This volume draws on declassified documents from six countries and original material in Arabic, German, Hebrew, and Russian to present a new understanding of Egypt's disastrous five-year intervention in Yemen, which Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser later referred to as 'my Vietnam'.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Golden Age of Nasserismp. 3
Idealism and Pragmatism in Nasser's Foreign Policyp. 11
The Nature of Middle Eastern Politicsp. 14
The Place of the Intervention in Egyptian Memoryp. 16
Structure of the Bookp. 21
The Road to Warp. 24
The Coup in Yemenp. 29
The Struggle for Power in Egyptp. 37
The Accidental Intervention?p. 49
The Denouement of the Crisis in Cairop. 61
The Soviet-Egyptian Intervention in Yemenp. 70
The Nature of Soviet Relations with Egypt and Yemenp. 71
The Egyptian Appeal and the Soviet Responsep. 75
Explaining Soviet Behaviorp. 88
Forms of Early Soviet Involvementp. 94
Food for "Peace": The Breakdown of US-Egyptian Relations, 1962-65p. 102
Recognitionp. 106
Disengagementp. 113
The Suspension of US Aidp. 127
The Balance of Payments Crisisp. 139
Guns for Cotton: The Unraveling of Soviet-Egyptian Relations, 1964-66p. 142
Guns for Cottonp. 144
The Soviet Quest for Base Rights in Egyptp. 146
From Jiddah to Moscowp. 151
In the Cracks of Cold War Geologyp. 159
The Final Unravelingp. 162
On the Battlefield in Yemen-and in Egyptp. 174
Counterinsurgencyp. 176
Casualtiesp. 190
Costp. 195
Corruptionp. 199
The Spread of Popular Discontentp. 206
The Fruitless Quest for Peace: Saudi-Egyptian Negotiations, 1964-66p. 215
The First Arab Summitp. 217
The Second Arab Summitp. 222
The Jiddah Agreementp. 232
From the Islamic Pact to the Long Breath Strategyp. 249
The Kuwaiti Mediation and the Return of Sallalp. 258
The Six-Day War and the End of the Intervention in Yemenp. 262
The Sinai Optionp. 266
The Syrian Connectionp. 272
The Soviet Sparkp. 275
The Egyptian Initiativep. 284
The Impact of the Yemen War on Egyptian Military Performance in the Six-Day Warp. 289
The Khartoum Conference and the Withdrawal of the Egyptians from Yemenp. 290
Afterword: The Twilight of Egyptian Powerp. 295
Bibliographical Notep. 313
Bibliographyp. 319
Indexp. 335
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