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The International Politics of the Middle East$
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Raymond Hinnebusch

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719053450

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719053450.001.0001

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Core and periphery: the international system and the Middle East

Core and periphery: the international system and the Middle East

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(p.14) 2 Core and periphery: the international system and the Middle East
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The International Politics of the Middle East
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Raymond Hinnebusch

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719053450.003.0002

The nineteenth-century expansion of capitalism and imperialism into the Arab region reflected a combination of superior Western technological, market and military power which penetrated and eventually reduced the Middle East to an economic periphery of the core and imposed a very flawed Western state system on it. External intervention and its often-damaging consequences stimulated an on-going reaction manifested in nationalist and Islamic movements. To many Arabs and Muslims, the struggle with imperialism, far from being mere history, continues, as imperialism reinvents itself in new forms. The Middle East has become the one world region where anti-imperialist nationalism, obsolete elsewhere, remains alive and where an indigenous ideology, Islam, provides a world view still resistant to West-centric globalisation. This dynamic explains much of the international politics of the region.

Keywords:   capitalism, imperialism, Arab region, Islamic movements, globalisation

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