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How have imperial legacies shaped the modern Middle East?

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Answer #1 | 06/06 2017 09:20
WW1 was started in the middle east and ended there. The imperial monarchies pre- WW1 had colonized and carved up a great part of the euroasian peninsula...the 4 were the German, the Ottoman, the Russia, and the Australia/Hungarian Empires. The modern boundaries of the Middle East emerged from the war, as did the modern Arab nationalist movements and "embryonic Islamic movements".
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Answer #2 | 06/06 2017 09:40
The post-WW1 boundaries were imposed by the imperial powers (mainly France and the UK). They bear no resemblance to reality on the ground which was a source of conflict as petty chieftains jostled for power in the power vacuum created by the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Then, after WW2, Israel was created by the former imperial powers against the wishes of the locals. Things have been going downhill ever since.
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