Completed Research - The Great Powers and the Middle East since the First World War
Principal Investigator: Professor Avi Shlaim
Project Summary: Funded by the British Academy, this project examines the politics of the Middle East from the particular angle of relations between external powers and local powers in the period since the First World War. It seeks to redress the Eurocentric bias that pervades much of the existing literature by paying more attention to the role of local forces in shaping the history of the region. Among the central issues to be investigated are the revolt against Western dominance, the rise and fall of Arab nationalism, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Cold War and its impact, the development of political Islam, and the claims of a ‘clash of civilisations’. The principal aim is to contribute to a better understanding of the international politics of this vital region, and especially of the sources of conflict between the Arab world and the West.