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The U.S. and the Middle East

from the editor

Looking Eastward, by Kevin B. Byrne

It simply was not that long ago–a time when stories from or about the Middle East were not staples of news reporting in the United States. The young, or people with very short memories, can be forgiven for not knowing. In the last few years, however, America’s military response to the September 11, 2001 attacks, the decision to wage pre-emptive war in Iraq, the resurgence of violence between Palestinians and Israelis, and the current volatility in oil prices have transformed the landscape of news reporting for the foreseeable future. Not, admittedly, that we can ever see very far ahead. Read more >

foreword

The United States and the Middle East,
by Peter L. Hahn
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articles

Out of the Blue? Historical Scholarship on U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East,
by Nathan J. Citino
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The United States and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1947 to the Present,
by Salim Yaqub
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Culture and U.S. Relations with the Middle East,
by Mary Ann Heiss
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The Road to Baghdad: The United States and the Persian Gulf,
by H. W. Brands
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teaching resources

America Held Hostage: The Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979-1981 and U.S.-Iranian Relations,
by Lawrence A. Wolf
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Cultural Aspects of American Relations with the Middle East,
by Paul R. Frazier
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The Decision to Go to War in Iraq,
by Lara Maupin
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teaching american history with documents from the gilder lehrman collection

“A Slave in Algiers”: A Letter from a Captured American, September 1812,
by Steven Mintz
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america on the world stage

Driven to the City: Urbanization and Industrialization in the Nineteenth Century,
by Stuart M. Blumin
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letter to the editor

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national park service historic sites

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Plains, Georgia
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