The Middle East in the 1950s: Historical Perspectives – Israel, the Arab World, and the Great Powers


Despite what it may look like from my lack of posts, I am actually quite busy these days. One of the many things I am working on is putting together an international conference hosted at Northwestern under the direction of Professors Elie Rekhess and Hendrik Spruyt.

The conference, The Middle East in the 1950s – Historical Perspectives: Israel, the Arab World, and the Great Powers, is sponsored by the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies and the Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies and will bring together noted scholars from across the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, to discuss the critical historical developments of the 1950s in retrospect.

Links to our conference webpage are on the conference poster and at the top of the paragraph. The event is free, open to the public, and should be very very interesting. If you are in town and this topic is of even marginal interest to you, I recommend stopping in. In other news, I am working on a review of Ron Hassner’s new book, War on Sacred Grounds, that should be up in the next few days. Check back soon for that.

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