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The United States and the Middle East


reviewed by George Kirk - 1965

coverTitle: The United States and the Middle East
Author(s): Georgiana G. Stevens
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This is the latest background book "authoritatively designed and written" (but lacking bibliography or index) to aid deliberations of the American Assembly, held under the auspices of Columbia University, and to evoke consideration by the general public. A. J. Meyer and William R. Polk, dealing respectively with economic and social modernization, avoid dogmatic conclusions. Meyer, after an explosion of adjectives about the Middle East's economic transformation since the Second World War, admits that growth-rates in countries applying little or no centralized planning have compared favorably with those of countries attempting planned economies with "squads of advisers" and much investment of public money (and foreign aid) on "eclectic, often bizarre, experiments." Polk observes that the period of European rule, while inflicting a psychological wound on national self-esteem, did create new standards of administration and organization lacking in countries that did not experience foreign rule. The military coups d'etat, so characteristic of the post-independence... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 66 Number 5, 1965, p. 472-472
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2601, Date Accessed: 1/18/2021 9:25:30 PM

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