Analysis Of James L Gelvin 's Book, The Modern Middle East

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Wherever you go, you leave a footprint, whether or not it is physical or emotional. In James L Gelvin’s book, The Modern Middle East, he not only refers to this absolutism but also furthers it by using it in a historical construct. Gelvin replaces individuals with the collective and the collective here is nations. As human beings, we cannot neglect this absolute truth. Hence we cannot deny that the occurrence of one country occupying another, that country leaves its’ “footprint” on the other. Thusly, Gelvin’s crux is to challenge the reader’s notions of the Middle East by focusing on the dialectic between the history of the Middle East recounted by the Middle East and the history of the Middle East narrated by Western Powers (i.e. Britain, France, and the U.S.). Through a globalized lens of Middle Eastern history, the region opens up to assessment in identical means as any other country, allowing the reader to comprehend that the Middle East is not an isolated sector but as an organ interconnected and interdependent on global occurrences, for instance, the economy, equivalent to its counterparts.
Gelvin ventures to eliminate the layperson’s preconceived notions not only by show casing global affectations but also by means of assembling relatable texts and antidotes. It is also important to note that at the time of publishing, there was the existence of the Arab Spring uprisings, a significant moment in the Middle East. Therefore, Gelvin’s revised version of his earlier…
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