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Resurrecting empire : western footprints and America's perilous path in the Middle East
Khalidi, Rashid.
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Boston : Beacon Press, [2004]

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xiv, 223 pages ; 23 cm
The perils of ignoring history -- The legacy of the Western encounter with the Middle East -- America, the West, and democracy in the Middle East -- The Middle East : geostrategy and oil -- The United States and Palestine -- Raising the ghosts of empire.
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Desecribes the history of Western involvement in the Middle East and argues that the United States ignores history and is blindly committed to a path that is doomed for failure.

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Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Chair in Arab Studies and director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University

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Library Journal Review

The United States has experienced serious challenges to its foreign policy in the Middle East in recent years. Some of these challenges are the consequence of Washington's post-9/11 policies and its penchant for unilateralism and militarism. Others stem from longterm U.S. foreign policy on a host of issues, including Washington's stance on the Arab-Israeli conflict and its record of supporting dictatorships in the region. In this highly readable, robustly argued, and timely book, Khalidi (Edward Said chair in Arab studies at Columbia Univ.), a well-known scholar of the region explains the genesis and development of American foreign policy in the Middle East. He does an excellent job of putting the contemporary U.S. policy in the region in a historical context, and he demonstrates similarities between the flawed European imperial policies of the past and Washington's current posture in the Middle East. The author also offers a realistic alternative to Washington's perilous ventures in the region. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries.-Nader Entessar, Spring Hill Coll., Mobile, AL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Perils of Ignoring Historyp. ix
Chapter 1 The Legacy of the Western Encounter with the Middle Eastp. 1
Chapter 2 America, the West, and Democracy in the Middle Eastp. 37
Chapter 3 The Middle East: Geostrategy and Oilp. 74
Chapter 4 The United States and Palestinep. 118
Chapter 5 Raising the Ghosts of Empirep. 152
Notesp. 177
Acknowledgmentsp. 212
Indexp. 214