A History of Modern Yemen

Yemen s modern history is unique and deserves to be better understood While the borders of most Middle East states were defined by colonial powers after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, a single Yemeni state was not formed until 1990 In fact, much of Yemen s twentieth century history was taken up constructing such a state, forged after years of civil war The book isYemen s modern history is unique and deserves to be better understood While the borders of most Middle East states were defined by colonial powers after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, a single Yemeni state was not formed until 1990 In fact, much of Yemen s twentieth century history was taken up constructing such a state, forged after years of civil war The book is augmented by illustrations, maps and a detailed chronology.
A History of Modern Yemen Yemen s modern history is unique and deserves to be better understood While the borders of most Middle East states were defined by colonial powers after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire a single Ye

  • Title: A History of Modern Yemen
  • Author: Paul Dresch
  • ISBN: 9780521794824
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “A History of Modern Yemen”

    1. Important book for those who are interested on Yemen. However, the author tried to be a concise by briefing the twentieth century in a complex country in a relative small book- not more than 220 pages-, which makes it a difficult book for a reader who doesn't have a background about Yemen.

    2. There are parts of this text where the author name drops so many tribal leaders in succession that he seems more interested in dazzling you with his wide breadth of knowledge regarding local (often irrelevant) Yemeni figures than anything else. At other (important) junctures you desire more detail and he fails to deliver (i.e. Hamdi's assassination) and leaves you with questionable phrases that conceal actors and intent. That said, the book is still a valuable resource for students interested in [...]

    3. "They're all in agreement from Sanaa to LondonAll in it together, Sayyids and Christians.They're dividing the land, each setting up idols, Apportioning Yemen to headmen and Sultans.If I tried to complain, I'd not know to whom.My trust has collapsed in my friends and my fellows"- Al Qardai, a Shaykh of MuradA competent account, with a balanced ear for voices from all sides.

    4. detailed portrait of a little known landWritten in 2000, Dresch's work is even more relevant today, as the "war on terrorism" which conflates with "the war for US interests everywhere" continues and finds a particular focus of tension in Yemen. While the author definitely describes the rise of Islamist schools and political groups in the imperfectly-welded parts of this ancient land, even a cursory reading of A MODERN HISTORY. will lead to the realization that much of the Western media have litt [...]

    5. The book touched on aspects of Yemen which many authors avoid and avoided many subjects that usually are covered. This gave the book an edge that does not exist others.

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