American Orientalism The United States and the Middle East Since 1945

ISBN-10: 0807858986

ISBN-13: 9780807858981

Edition: 3rd 2008 (Revised)

Authors: Douglas Little

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With the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, America's relationship with the Middle East exploded to the forefront of our national consciousness. Looking back more than a half-century, Douglas Little offers valuable, historical context for anyone seeking a better understanding of this complicated relationship. He explores the encounters between the United States and the Middle East since 1945, focusing particularly on the complex, sometimes inconsistent attitudes and interests that have shaped U.S. relations in the region. Little begins by exposing the persistence of "orientalist" stereotypes in American popular culture and then examines U.S. policy toward the Middle East from many angles. Chapters focus on America's increasing dependence on petroleum; U.S.-Israeli relations; the threat of communism; the rise of revolutionary nationalist movements in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and Libya; the futility of U.S. military and covert intervention; and the unsuccessful attempt to broker a "peace-for-land" settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The overarching theme of the book is that a combination of American omnipotence and profound cultural misunderstanding ensured that the United States would encounter trouble in the Middle East after 1945 and that those forces continue to bedevil the relationship between these vastly different cultures to the present day.
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Book details

List price: $42.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 4/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Preface to the Third Edition
What Went Wrong?: Wake Me When September Ends
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction: Gideon's Band in the Holy Land: We're Not in Kansas Anymore
Orientalism, American Style: The Middle East in the Mind of America
Opening the Door: Business, Diplomacy, and America's Stake in Middle East Oil
The Making of a Special Relationship: America and Israel
A Tale of Four Doctrines: U.S. National Security, the Soviet Threat, and the Middle East
Sympathy for the Devil?: America, Nasser, and Arab Revolutionary Nationalism
Modernizing the Middle East: From Reform to Revolution in Iraq, Libya, and Iran
Kicking the Vietnam Syndrome: Waging Limited War from the Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf
Opportunities Lost and Found: The United States and the Arab-Israeli Peace Process
Not Your Father's Persian Gulf War: The Bush Doctrine, Iraq, and Radical Islam
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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