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Pan-Arabism before Nasser : Egyptian power politics and the Palestine Question
Doran, Michael Scott, 1962-
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
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230 pages ; 24 cm.
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1520 Lexile.
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This book aims to alter profoundly the accepted version of the history of post-World War II Egyptian foreign policy. To this end, Doran convincingly demonstrates the absence of any true pan-Arab front from the very beginning of the Arab League. Reconsidering Cairo's policy decisions during thecritical years from 1944 to 1948, he proves that Egyptian national interests were always placed before the united Arab front against Israel. Even while participating in the 1948 war with Israel, Egypt regarded Zionism and the Palestine Question as less important than achieving independence fromBritain and thwarting the expansionist aims of Iraq and Jordan. Ultimately, this study is a bold rethinking of twentieth-century Middle Eastern politics and history, with key implications for both the study of the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict and the volatile politics of the Middle East ingeneral.

Author Notes

Michael Doran is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Central Florida.

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Doran (Univ. of Central Florida) critically analyzes Egyptian foreign policy--and, indeed, that of the other Arab states as well--from the end of WW II in 1945 to the initial truce agreements between Israel and its Arab neighbors in 1948. In contrast to Michael Barnett (Dialogues in Arab Politics, 1998), Doran adheres to the realist paradigm in international relations theory, as opposed to a social/cultural interpretation. Thus, it was not Egyptian public fervor over the question of Palestine that directed government diplomacy, but a "state pursuing its interests according to the brutal logic of power." These primary state-centered priorities were the termination of Britain's privileged position in Egypt and over the Suez Canal and the establishment of Egypt's primacy in Arab affairs, the expected result of which would be a new regional security order led by Egypt and independent of Britain. Although some may disagree with Doran's emphasis, he argues his case well, in considerable detail, and with specific and appropriate references and quotations from British and Arab documents, memoirs, and monographs. Upper-division undergraduates and above. B. Harris Jr.; Occidental College

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Note on Transliteration and Terminologyp. x
Introductionp. 3
1 the Taproot of Egyptian Foreign Policyp. 9
2 in the American Erap. 44
3 the Keystone in the Arch the Wathbap. 66
4 Palestine Between the Regional Blocsp. 94
5 the Decision to Intervene Sidqi Takes a Standp. 128
6 War and Containmentp. 156
Conclusionp. 193
Notesp. 197
Bibliographyp. 221
Indexp. 227