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Nelson Modern History: The Struggle for Peace in the Middle East

By | Copyright Year:2016 | ISBN-13: 9780170244183

The Struggle for Peace in the Middle East has been developed for senior secondary students of History and is part of the Nelson Modern History series. Each book in the series is based on the understanding that History is an interpretive study of the past by which students also come to better appreciate the making of the modern world. Developing understandings of the past and present in senior History extends on the skills learnt in earlier years. Students will use historical skills, including research, evaluation, synthesis, analysis and communication. They will rely on their knowledge of the historical concepts such as evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, significance, empathy, perspectives and contestability, to understand and interpret societies from the past. The activities and tasks have been written to ensure that students develop the skills and attributes required for senior History subjects.

Positioned at the intersections of faiths and continents, of competing global powers and nationalisms, peace in the Middle East has been elusive from the mid-20th century to the present day. Balanced and measured in its assessments, this student book explores the origins of the conflicts in the modern Middle East from the time of the inter-war mandates to the early 21st century. It considers the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Persian Gulf wars, Syria and Lebanon.

Series Editor, Tony Taylor is the past Director of the National Inquiry into the Teaching and Learning of History and the National Centre for History Education. From 2006 to 2010 he was a senior consultant to federal government bodies responsible for the development of Australian Curriculum History, while researching and publishing extensively in various topics in education and History.


About the series
Series editor acknowledgements
Author acknowledgements


Making the modern Middle East, 1918-1947

From mandate to the First Arab-Israeli war, 1948-1949

Unresolved issues and the war of 1956

The 1967 and 1973 wars

Camp David, the intifada and beyond

The struggle for peace in the Persian Gulf, Lebanon and Syria, 1979-2000

Elusive peace, mid-1990s to 2007



Professor Ian J Bickerton has been a member of the School of History at the University of New South Wales for more than 35 years and has published and researched extensively on the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Middle East.


The Nelson Modern History series is an extensive suite of full colour topic books developed for Australian senior students. Each title draws on recent scholarship, historiography and history specific pedagogy to ensure relevance and teachability. Providing flexibility for schools and students, Nelson Modern History is the up to date and relevant history education solution for senior students

The front cover of each title features a line drawing associated with the topic. Functioning as a topic starter, this iconic image is unpacked with a photograph and commentary with a link to a key individual and an illustrated timeline

The introduction to each book includes a brief overview of the topic and a handy reference sequence that includes profiles of major figures and organisations, definitions of key concepts and summaries of major documents

Each Chapter is structured around inquiry questions and includes age appropriate language, recent research in the field, diagrams, maps and illustrations, discussions of historians and schools of interpretation and biographical profiles that incorporate activities

Chapters close with a topic summary, suggestions for further reading and review activities that consolidate content knowledge and build historical skills

Each title closes with a brief summation and a set of activities that encourage students to draw on their learning and reflect on the topic as a whole.