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By Douglas Little

ISBN-10: 0807855391

ISBN-13: 9780807855393

Douglas Little exposes the endurance of "orientalist" stereotypes in American pop culture and examines usa coverage towards the center East from many angles. Chapters concentrate on America's expanding dependence on petroleum; U.S.-Israeli kinfolk; the increase of innovative nationalist events in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and Libya; the futility of U.S. army and covert intervention; and the unsuccessful try and dealer a "peace-for-land" cost among the Israelis and the Palestinians. a brand new epilogue addresses the hot U.S. conflict in Iraq. Little bargains beneficial old context for an individual looking a greater realizing of the advanced courting among the U.S. and the center East.

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By the 1870s American entrepreneurs were buying nearly one-half of Turkey’s opium crop for resale in China while providing the Ottoman Empire with everything from warships to kerosene. S. ”19 Meanwhile a new generation of American missionaries made their way to Armenia, Syria, and other corners of the Ottoman realm, spreading not only the gospel but also subversive New World ideas. S. 20 “Quite without intention,” British orientalist and adventurer T. E. S. observers seem to have agreed that the Christians of Armenia and Syria might profit enormously from these lessons, few churchmen or diplomats expected such revolutionary teachings to spell anything but disaster in the Muslim world.

35 Many of the orientalist stereotypes of the Arabs evoked by films and books were reinforced by popular magazines such as National Geographic, which by the late 1920s had become a window on the world for millions of middle-class Americans. National Geographic’s entire May 1923 issue, for example, was devoted to the recently discovered tomb of King Tutankhamen and other wonders of the Muslim world. Articles like “Egypt, Past and Present” and “East of Constantinople” contrasted the imperial grandeur of ancient Egyptian and medieval Islamic civilizations with the hardscrabble realities of the twentieth o r i e n ta l i s m , a m e r i c a n st y l e 17 century.

For the United States during the 1950s perhaps the most powerful reminder of Hitler’s genocide was a grainy, black-and-white snapshot of a teenage Jewish schoolgirl that graced the cover of her heartbreaking, posthumous account of life and death in Nazi-occupied Holland. When first published in 1952, Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl became an instant bestseller. S. 88 The literary and cinematic connections between the nightmare of the Holocaust and the dream of Israel were drawn most clearly for readers and moviegoers in Eisenhower’s America, however, in the work of novelist and screenwriter Leon Uris.

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