A book of this sort should have drawn on specific, country-based examples to illustrate the problems and dangers of market-oriented reforms and how they relate to pressures for democratization. Chapter Two examines the legacy of colonialism and imperialism in the Middle East.
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It also includes finely crafted, broad-brush surveys of the historical evolution of Iran, Egypt and the Palestine-Israel area during the twentieth century. Humphreys notes that, while "in Iran political tensions throughout the twentieth century have focused primarily on problems of foreign domination and constitutional government Unfortunately, this chapter does not provide the general reader with the level of updated information needed to make sense of current events.
For instance, in the section on Iran, President Khatami is mentioned only once and in passing, while Hashemi Rafsanjani -- one of the two dominant figures in that country between and -- does not even feature in the account. Similarly, the section on Egypt contains perceptive comments on Nasser's and Sadat's personalities and leadership styles, but it suffers from misleading statements that might have applied back in the mids but have long since been overtaken by events.
For instance, Humphreys seems to ignore the authoritarian turn of Egyptian politics during the s when he states that "Mubarak has tried to deal with these matters by opening up the political system, by restoring a degree of democratic challenge and conflict, and thereby finding his way to a broad consensus" p. The section on Israel-Palestine falls short of offering even a cursory overview of the Oslo peace process -- from how it came about to the problems that Book Reviews.
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