1979: The Year That Shaped the Modern Middle East
Lesch's analysis of 1979 is interesting, accurate, and well written. After briefly reviewing the watershed events themselves, he jumps forward in time, proving that these events were truly monumental, using later developments as evidence. In a chapter aptly entitled "Future Past," Lesch shows how the events of 1979 are every bit as salient today as they were then. But the book has too much padding. The 25-page introduction strays from the book's topic to list various other books on particular years in history and other trivialities. The 25-page appendix reprints several readily-available texts, including the Camp David accords, the Israel-Egypt peace treaty, and the Carter doctrine.
1979, Middle East, pre 9/11, Secular priesthood, "annualization", Camp David Accords, Israel, Carter Doctrine, Iran, Revolution, Egypt, treaty, treaties, Afghanistan, Soviet occupation
Arts and Humanities | History
Original Publication Information
Lesch, D. W. (2001). 1979: The year that shaped the modern Middle East. Westview Press.