Book Notes

A History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 8th Edition

A History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 8th Edition By Ian J. Bickerton and Carla L. Klausner  (New York: Routledge, 2018) Reviewed by: Jack Sigman, Ph.D. student, Gratz College As a preface, I used the earlier editions as a basic reference throughout my BA and MA studies in international relations. Those texts were used in conjunction [&hellip...    read more 

The Future of Iran’s Past: Nizam al-Mulk Remembered

The Future of Iran’s Past: Nizam al-Mulk Remembered By Neguin Yavari  (Oxford: Oxford, 2018)  275 pp. $55.28 hardcover Reviewed by: David A. Meier, PhD, Professor of History, Dickinson State University   Naguin Yavari’s The Future of Iran’s Past opens as a “critical study” of Nizam al-Mulk’s life (1018-92) and po...    read more 

The World and a Very Small Place in Africa: A History of Globalization in Niumi, The Gambia, 4th edition

The World and a Very Small Place in Africa: A History of Globalization in Niumi, The Gambia, 4th edition By Donald R. Wright (London: Routledge, 2018), 308 pp. Reviewed by: Dr. Paul Chiudza Banda, Assistant Professor of History, Tarleton State University. This publication is in its fourth edition. Its purported primary setting is an area [&hellip...    read more 

The US, Israel, and Egypt: Diplomacy in the Shadow of Attrition, 1967-70

The US, Israel, and Egypt: Diplomacy in the Shadow of Attrition, 1967-70 By Yehuda U. Blanga (London: Routledge, 2020), 269 pp. Reviewed by Michael Sharnoff, Associate Professor, National Defense University, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, Washington, DC Much scholarship has been devoted to the 1967 war and the 1973 war, two pivotal [&hell...    read more 

Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo

Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo  By Seth Anziska (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018) 464 pp. Reviewed by: Avi Shilon, PhD, The Taub Center for Israel Studies, New York University   The question of the autonomy that Menachem Begin offered the Palestinians within the construct of the Israel–Egypt peace tr...    read more 

A Short History of Mozambique

A Short History of Mozambique  By Malyn Newitt (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2017,) pp. 254   Reviewed by Dr. Wyndham Whynot, Department of History and Political Science, Livingstone College A typical American asked to name European countries that created colonies in Africa would probably respond with either France or Britain and might not ...    read more 

Burundi: The Biography of a Small African Country 

Burundi: The Biography of a Small African Country  by Nigel Watt, revised (London, UK: Hurst & Company, 2016,) pp. 279. Reviewed by Dr. Wyndham Whynot, Department of History and Political Science, Livingstone College A typical American has minimal knowledge of Africa in general and, if pressed, could probably name some of the major countries such [&...    read more 

Sayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical Islamism

Sayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical Islamism by John Calvert (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018) 377 pp. Reviewed by: Ian Oxnevad, PhD In Sayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical Islamism, John Calvert provides a critical intellectual biography of Sunni Islamism’s most prominent 20th century proponent. Well documented and with detailed analysis of Qu...    read more 

Mediterranean Encounters: Trade and Pluralism in Early Modern Galata

Mediterranean Encounters: Trade and Pluralism in Early Modern Galata By Fariba Zarinebaf (Oakland: University of California Press, 2018) 404 pp. Reviewed by: Ian Oxnevad, PhD The adage of American politics that “all politics is local” is often unused to explain geopolitical affairs at the intimate level of individuals and urban spaces, let alone in other...    read more 

War and Collapse: World War I and the Ottoman State

War and Collapse: World War I and the Ottoman State Edited by M. Hakan Yavuz and Feroz Ahma (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2016) 1505 pp. Reviewed by: Ian Oxnevad,  PhD candidate at University of California, Riverside   Voluminous in scope and depth, War and Collapse: World War I and the Ottoman State is nothing short [&h...    read more