Book Recommendations, Petitions, Surveys, New Party announcements and International politics primers stickies merged.
Note in this thread you don't need to add your own opinions if you are leaving a useful link to a book or primer recommendation etc.
I think it would be a good idea to have a thread in this forum for those seeking and offering recommendations for political books.
Maybe it could go in the Literature forum, but we'll probably find that most people who post here have read a good amount of specifically political books, whereas in the Literature forum it would vary greatly and we're not likely to find many people who have read specifically political books.
If it's out of place then it can be deleted or whatever, but I would think that it would do this forum plenty of good!
Anyways, I'll start off by asking if anybody is able to recommend a few general, unbiased books on the history of the Middle East, and how it has come to be the way it is. Obviously they're all seperate countries, but from what I understand their histories are somewhat intertwined! I'd like to have a clearer understanding of how they came to form allegiances (Iran, Syria, Lebanon).
Specifically though, I'd like to learn more about Israel and Palestine, how it came to its present state, the motivation behind the various groups involved.
With the recent conflict between Israel and Lebanon, I feel it would be helpful to have a better understanding of Middle Eastern history. I understand what's going on at the moment, but it has so much history behind it that I can't really form an educated opinion on who's in the right, etc.
So yeh, any recommendations? And post away if you have any requests! (not that I'd be any help, but someone else will )