The State of the Middle East Atlas

KS4: ages 14-16KS5: ages 16+Book

This book from New Internationalist is an excellent tool for understanding the Middle East and its pivotal role in global politics. It explores the complexity of the region: its emergence from fallen empires, the shaping of its current contours by oil and outside intervention, the wave of change that broke in 2011, and the violence that has swept the region since.

Written by international peace researcher Dan Smith, who also wrote The State of the World Atlas. Using maps and graphics, he demonstrates why recent events have occurred and why they have an impact on us all.

The introduction and glossary are followed by three main parts:

  • The making of the Middle East
  • The region on the cusp of change
  • Arenas of conflict

Then there is a concluding chapter exploring trajectories of change.

This is a really useful and clear resource for getting background information on a complicated and conflicted part of the world. Suitable for teachers wanting to read up on the region and for older students doing research.


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