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Books listed under Professional Categories consist of recommended readings to expand understanding in certain areas.

  

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A HISTORY OF THE ARAB PEOPLES - Albert Hourani; Malise Ruthven (Afterword by)
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Upon its publication in 1991, Albert Houraniâe(tm)s masterwork was hailed as the definitive story of Arab civilization, and became both a bestseller and an instant classic. In a panoramic view encompassing twelve centuries of Arab history and culture, Hourani brilliantly illuminated the people and events that have fundamentally shaped the Arab world.Now this seminal book is available in an expanded second edition. Noted Islamic scholar Malise Ruthven brings the story up to date from the mid-1980s, including such events as the Gulf War; civil unrest in Algeria; the change of leadership in Syria, Morocco, and Jordan; and the aftermath of the events of September 11, 2001.The terrorist attacks in the United States, ongoing crisis in Iraq, and renewed violence between Israelis and Palestinians all underscore the need for a balanced and well-informed understanding of the Arab world, and make this insightful history of the Arab peoples more important than ever.

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AFTER THE PROPHET : THE EPIC STORY OF THE SHIA-SUNNI SPLIT IN ISLAM - Lesley Hazleton  Icon  Icon
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Balancing past and present, Hazelton shows how 7th-century events are alive in Middle Eastern hearts and minds today as though they had just happened, shaping modern headlines from Iran's Islamic Revolution to the civil war in Iraq.

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ANGRY WIND: THROUGH MUSLIM BLACK AFRICA BY TRUCK, BUS, BOAT, AND CAMEL - Jeffrey Tayler  Icon  Icon
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In this travelogue, the author puts himself in situations of great discomfort, cultural alienation, and physical danger in poor and unstable developing-world regions, then depicts the ensuing misadventures with animated detail. Recurring themes include the importance of Islam in the region and the population's general dislike for the current U.S. administration, though this does not prevent Tayler from striking up friendships everywhere he goes or from benefiting from acts of generosity.

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EASTWARD TO TARTARY: TRAVELS IN THE BALKANS, THE MIDDLE EAST, AND THE CAUCASUS - Robert D. Kaplan  Icon  Icon
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This book journeys into the heart of a volatile region trough dramatic stories of unforgettable characters. Kaplan illuminates the tragic history of this unstable area he describes as the “new fault line” between East and West and interprets present-day politics through the lens of "national character" and historical simile. The numerous historic, geographic and cultural cross-references will enhance the reader’s understanding of current events in some of today's most strategic hot spots.

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MODERN LATIN AMERICA - Thomas E. Skidmore; Peter H. Smith
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Modern Latin America is a lively interpretive history and the leading text in the field. thoroughly updated and revised, the book includes a new chapter on the history of Colombia from the wars of independence to the violent conflicts of the present day. It also examines such topics as: * the impact of 9/11 on U.S.-Latin American relations * globalization * drug trafficking * women's roles in society and politics * the fragility and uncertainty of democracy in Latin America. The book features sociocultural sections and boxes in nearly every chapter, covering such diverse areas as the psychology of exile, Santería in Cuba, baseball in the Dominican Republic, and the popularity of Latin music in the U.S. All political and economic information has been updated. As in earlier editions, the authors use an in-depth case study approach that guides readers through the major countries of Latin America, highlighting central themes including European-New World interaction, racial mixtures, military takeovers, and United States intervention in the area. With an insightful look into the future, Modern Latin America, Sixth Edition, will continue to be an exceptional text for undergraduate courses on contemporary Latin American history, society, and politics. -- Publisher's description.

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MONSOON: THE INDIAN OCEAN AND THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN POWER - Robert D. Kaplan  Icon  Icon  Icon
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Focuses on the Indian Ocean region of countries - India, Pakistan, China, Indonesia, Burma, Oman, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Tanzania. The authors believes it is here that the fight for democracy, energy independence, and religious freedom will be lost or won, and it is here that American foreign policy must concentrate if the United States is to remain relevant in an ever-changing world. Kaplan exposes the effects of population growth, climate change, and extremist politics on this unstable region, demonstrating why Americans can no longer afford to ignore this important area of the world.

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POSTWAR: A HISTORY OF EUROPE SINCE 1945 - Tony Judt  Icon  Icon  Icon
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Provides a history of contemporary Europe, covering thirty-four countries over a span of sixty years, and includes discussion of the region's economic development, culture, and politics.

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THE SOUTH CHINA SEA: THE STRUGGLE FOR POWER IN ASIA - Bill Hayton  Icon  Icon
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China's rise has upset the global balance of power, and the first place to feel the strain is Beijing's back yard: the South China Sea. For decades tensions have smoldered in the region, but today the threat of a direct confrontation among superpowers grows ever more likely. This important book is the first to make clear sense of the South Sea disputes. Bill Hayton, a journalist with extensive experience in the region, examines the high stakes involved for rival nations that include Vietnam, India, Taiwan, the Philippines, and China, as well as the United States, Russia, and others. Hayton also lays out the daunting obstacles that stand in the way of peaceful resolution.

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THE TWO KOREAS : A CONTEMPORARY HISTORY - Don Oberdorfer  Icon  Icon
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The struggle between the two Koreas has repeatedly claimed the headlines of the world in acts of terrorism and heroism, showdowns over nuclear weapons programs on both sides of the lines, the sudden deaths of leaders, and historic turning points in the relationship with the outside powers of Japan, Russia, and China.Don Oberdorfer lived through many of these crises as a journalist for the Washington Post . Building on his extensive experience, many previously unavailable documents, and unparalleled access to the leadership circles of the two Korean states and the great powers, he has written a gripping narrative history of Korea’s travails and triumphs over the past quarter century. The involvement of the outside world--including a chilling account of the nuclear showdown that brought the United States perilously close to war with North Korea in 1994--receives extensive treatment and special emphasis.Korea represents the last vestige of the Cold War. The Two Koreas places that political tension within a historical context, looking at democratic South Korea and communist North Korea through the lens of the past twenty-five years. Oberdorfer’s work is the definitive text of contemporary Korea.

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UNDERSTANDING CONTEMPORARY AFRICA - April A. Gordon (Editor); Donald L. Gordon (Editor)
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The 5th edition of Understanding Contemporary Africa has been thoroughly revised to reflect the many significant events and trends of the past six years -- seismic political changes, the impact of the new information technology, the strong presence of China and other foreign powers, and much more. The authors provide current analyses not only of history, politics, and economics, but also geography, environmental concerns, population shifts, and social and cultural issues. Each topic is covered in an accessible style, but with reference to the latest scholarship. Maps, photographs, and a table of basic political data enhance the text, which has made its place as the best available introduction to this diverse and complex continent. -- Publisher description.

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