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Peasants And Politics In The Modern Middle East
Peasants And Politics In The Modern Middle East
Edited by Farhad Kazemi and John Waterbury
Florida International University Press, 1991, 340 pp.

These essays are of uniformly high quality, scholarly in tone, while addressing concerns of utmost importance for an understanding of Middle East politics. Why, the authors often ask, have Middle East peasants been a relatively passive force in the politics of their countries? Waterbury provides an excellent overview that begins to answer this question, and thereafter the reader is treated to historical and comparative studies that are very informative. A first-rate collection.