A History of Modern Yemen
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A History of Modern Yemen

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Yemen's modern history is unique and deserves to be better understood. While the borders of most Middle East states were defined by colonial powers after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, a single Yemeni state was not formed until 1990. In fact, much of Yemen's twentieth-century history was taken up constructing such a state, forged after years of civil war. The book is...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 3rd 2001 by Cambridge University Press (first published December 7th 2000)
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"They're all in agreement from Sanaa to London
All in it together, Sayyids and Christians.
They're dividing the land, each setting up idols,
Apportioning Yemen to headmen and Sultans.
If I tried to complain, I'd not know to whom.
My trust has collapsed in my friends and my fellows..."
- Al Qardai, a Shaykh of Murad

A competent account, with a balanced ear for voices from all sides.
This is a dense scholarly text. If you are not a serious student of Yemen, look elsewhere.
Very interesting but a bit difficult to get through...
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