Modern Conflict in the Greater Middle East
A Country-by-Country Guide
by Spencer C. Tucker, Editor
April 2017, 420pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-4360-0
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A combination of coveted oil reserves and religious fervor has embroiled the greater Middle East region in ongoing conflict and strife for more than a century.

This reference work covers the history of Middle East nations, addressing military, political, diplomatic, and ideological trends in each respective country and enabling readers to better understand the factors behind the crises shaping the Middle East today.

Modern Conflict in the Greater Middle East: A Country-By-Country Guide is a concise reference for students exploring the importance of each nation-state in the Middle East and their level of involvement in major conflicts in the region. It supplies the broad historical background necessary for readers to understand each country’s unique role in the conflicts that have characterized the region since the end of World War I. The book also enables readers to grasp the various motives and ideologies that have shaped each nation’s military objectives and to appreciate the political and social climates of each of these countries that propelled them into various wars.

The book presents a chapter-by-chapter discussion of the origins and impacts of war on specific Middle Eastern countries, giving readers an in-depth understanding of the global importance of the conflicts within the region. These chapters—along with detailed timelines, sidebars, and primary source documents—will help readers grasp the connections between individuals, developments, and conflicts in the Middle East and events and developments such as European imperialism, World Wars I and II, U.S. foreign policy during and after the Cold War, the formation of the state of Israel, Arab nationalism, the emergence of the oil industry in the region, and the origins of radical Islam.


  • Provides a detailed overview of Middle East conflicts since World War I in a single resource
  • Offers historical context for the level of involvement in various wars by Middle Eastern countries as well as each country's interaction with the West and other Middle East nations
  • Includes "Did You Know?" sidebars with interesting details, statistics, and other information related to the countries covered in the book
Spencer C. Tucker, PhD, has been senior fellow in military history at ABC-CLIO since 2003. He is the author or editor of more than 50 books and encyclopedias, many of which have won prestigious awards. Tucker's last academic position before his retirement from teaching was the John Biggs Chair in Military History at the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA. He has been a Fulbright scholar, a visiting research associate at the Smithsonian Institution, and, as a U.S. Army captain, an intelligence analyst in the Pentagon. His recently published works include World War II: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection; Wars That Changed History: 50 of the World's Greatest Conflicts, and The Roots and Consequences of 20th Century Warfare, all published by ABC-CLIO.


"Tucker is to be commended for compiling a carefully researched and succinctly written ready-reference volume."—Booklist, June 22, 2017

"Highly relevant for most collections. Public libraries especially should take note. The content is accessible enough for high schoolers doing research or for the curious lay person yet comprehensive enough for college study."—Library Journal, September 15, 2017
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