Category Archives: Middle East

Persepolis II: Contents of the Treasury and Other Discoveries (Oriental Institute Publications)

Persepolis II concludes the report on many seasons of excavations (1935-1939) at the site and is the first publication to adequately illustrate and discuss the pottery of the period, an essential addition to Achaemenian archaeological studies. Persepolis II mainly deals … Continue reading

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Osama bin Laden: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies)

Osama bin Laden: A Biography offers a concise, fact-based portrait of a man whose rise from obscurity to notoriety coincides with some of the most traumatic events of the 21st century. It follows bin Laden’s story from his life in … Continue reading

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What Makes Civilization?: The Ancient Near East and the Future of the West

Renowned archaeologist David Wengrow creates here a vivid new account of the “birth of civilization” in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, bringing together within a unified history the first two nations where people created cities, kingdoms, and monumental temples to the … Continue reading

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The Iraq Wars and America’s Military Revolution

Many saw the United States’ decisive victory in Desert Storm (1991) as not only vindication of American defense policy since Vietnam but also confirmation of a revolution in military affairs (RMA). Just as information-age technologies were revolutionizing civilian life, the … Continue reading

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The Fortifications of Ancient Israel and Judah 1200-586 BC (Fortress)

This book provides a detailed study of the fortifications of the founders of Ancient Israel from the time of their first settlement in the Middle East, through the periods of the united and divided kingdoms, until the sack of Jersualem … Continue reading

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Cumans and Tatars: Oriental Military in the Pre-Ottoman Balkans, 1185-1365

The Cumans and the Tatars were nomadic warriors of the Eurasian steppe who exerted an enduring impact on the medieval Balkans. With this work, István Vásáry presents an extensive examination of their history from 1185 to 1365. The basic instrument … Continue reading

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Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Intelligence (Historical Dictionaries of Intelligence and Counterintelligence)

The Historical Dictionary of Middle East Intelligence addresses intelligence issues in the region from ancient history and the Middle Ages through modern times, covering the decline of the Ottoman Empire, intelligence activity in the Middle East during and between the … Continue reading

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Israeli A-4 Skyhawk Units in Combat (Combat Aircraft)

The light and agile A-4 Skyhawk was the first modern American jet to be offered to the Israeli Air Force, marking the point where the US took over from France as Israel’s chief military supplier. Deliveries began too late for … Continue reading

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Relations Between East and West in the Middle Ages

In the Roman Empire, relations between East and West meant connections between the eastern and western parts of a unified structure of empire. Romans sometimes complained about the corrupting influence on their city of Greeks and Orientals, but they employed … Continue reading

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Shah Abbas: The Remaking of Iran

Shah ‘Abbas I was one of Iran’s most influential leaders. Combining his ruthless ambition with a desire for stability, he left a far-reaching mark on the society and artistic heritage of Iran, renovating the country’s spectacular shrines and transforming its … Continue reading

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