The Middle East in Modern World History focuses on the history of this region over the past 200 years. It examines how global trends during this period shaped the Middle East and how these trends were affected by the regiona (TM)s development. Three trends from the past two centuries are highlighted: * The region as a strategic conduit between East and West * The development of the region's natural resources, especially oil * The impact of a rapidly globalizing world ecomy on the Middle East
Ernest Tucker is a professor at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he teaches courses on Middle Eastern and Central Asian history. He has published a collection of texts related to 19th century Muslim leader Imam Shamil as well as a study of the 18th century Iranian monarch Nadir Shah. Tucker has also contributed to numerous encyclopedias and dictionaries, as well as publications such as the Middle East Journal and Iranian Studies.