ISBN-10:
0807858986
ISBN-13:
9780807858981
Pub. Date:
04/01/2008
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
American Orientalism: The United States and the Middle East since 1945 / Edition 3

American Orientalism: The United States and the Middle East since 1945 / Edition 3

by Douglas Little
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Overview

Douglas Little explores the stormy American relationship with the Middle East from World War II through the war in Iraq, focusing particularly on the complex and often inconsistent attitudes and interests that helped put the United States on a collision course with radical Islam early in the new millennium. After documenting the persistence of "orientalist" stereotypes in American popular culture, Little examines oil, Israel, and other aspects of U.S. policy. He concludes that a peculiar blend of arrogance and ignorance has led American officials to overestimate their ability to shape events in the Middle East from 1945 through the present day, and that it has been a driving force behind the Iraq war. For this updated third edition, Little covers events through 2007, including a new chapter on the Bush Doctrine, demonstrating that in many important ways, George W. Bush's Middle Eastern policies mark a sharp break with the past.

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ISBN-13: 9780807858981
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 798,241
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Douglas Little is professor of history at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is author of Malevolent Neutrality: The United States, Great Britain, and the Origins of the Spanish Civil War.

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An excellent resource for students of the Middle East.—H-Levant

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