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Polk, William R. (William Roe) 1929-

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Works: 89 works in 429 publications in 8 languages and 19,017 library holdings
Genres: History  Bibliography  Periodicals  Bibliographies  Conference papers and proceedings  Short stories  Guidebooks 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Adapter, Other
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Most widely held works about William R Polk
 
Most widely held works by William R Polk
Neighbors & strangers : the fundamentals of foreign affairs by William Roe Polk( )

19 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 2,512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As with other fundamental principles of foreign affairs, Polk shows how walls continue to be a part of our arsenal in dealing with enemies, but today they often tend to be "virtual," ranging from cultural barriers to the aborted Strategic Defense Initiative. At the same time, new ways of scaling such walls can be seen in the proliferation of Western ideas and tastes, both through the rapid communications technologies of modern computers as well as through the traditional "cultural blenders" of radio, cinema, and television. Ultimately, Polk argues, fewer and fewer of our neighbors will be strangers. Accessible and engaging, Neighbors and Strangers provides a revelatory look at how foreign affairs, despite changes in its outward forms, continues to reflect the well-springs of human nature
Understanding Iraq : the whole sweep of Iraqi history, from Genghis Khan's Mongols to the Ottoman Turks to the British mandate to the American occupation by William R Polk( Book )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and Turkish and held by 2,168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Iraq will continue to be a major issue and involvement for the United States into the foreseeable future ... Iraq sits on the world's largest supply of oil, and with the world's energy requirements continuously rising, Iraq will play an ongoing role in the global economy and the political environment throughout the Gulf region and the Middle East. [In this book, the author's] overview of Iraq's history shows how the pattern of outside intervention was established first by the Ottoman Turks and the Persian Safavids and later by England, Russia, and Germany. After World War I came British rule, followed by a brief and uneasy period of independence that sparked Iraqi nationalism, leading Saddam Husain to power with American military and financial aid and covert CIA involvement. The Iraq-Iran War and the invasion of Kuwait was followed by the Gulf War, the sanctions period, and the Bush administration's decision to invade. Finally, there is the American occupation and the challenges, opportunities, and options that Iraqis and Americans face now and in the future.-Dust jacket
The United States and the Arab world by William R Polk( Book )

49 editions published between 1965 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,987 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies on the civilization of Islam. by H.A.R Gibb( Book )

23 editions published between 1962 and 2010 in English and held by 1,054 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifteen articles dealing with a wide range of topics from Sufism and the Koran to law and literature of the Islamic society
The birth of America : from before Columbus to the Revolution by William R Polk( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 1,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines key events, individuals, and themes that shaped colonial America and analyzes the contributions of Native Americans, European immigrants, and black Africans
Violent politics : a history of insurgency, terrorism & guerrilla war, from the American Revolution to Iraq by William Roe Polk( Book )

28 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 987 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An examination of the role of insurgent tactics in world conflicts throughout the past two-and-a-half centuries places current issues in a context of world history while covering events that marked such examples as the war in Iraq
Understanding Iran : everything you need to know, from Persia to the Islamic Republic, from Cyrus to Ahmadinejad by William R Polk( Book )

21 editions published between 2009 and 2017 in English and Chinese and held by 841 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of Iran predicts its eventual cultural and military dominance in the Middle East while illuminating factors commonly misunderstood by the West, including the oppression of its citizens and their negative regard of western policy
Out of Iraq : a practical plan for withdrawal now by George S McGovern( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and Arabic and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The authors present a detailed blueprint for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq that is bound to stir a national debate. Former senator George McGovern and William R. Polk, a leading authority on the Middle East, offer a detailed plan for a speedy troop withdrawal from Iraq. During the phased withdrawal, to begin on December 31, 2006, and to be completed by June 30, 2007, they recommend that the Iraq government engage the temporary services of an international stabilization force to police the country. Other elements in the withdrawal plan include an independent accounting of American expenditures of Iraqi funds, reparations to Iraqi civilians for lives lost and property destroyed, immediate release of all prisoners of war, the closing of American detention centers, and offering to void all contracts for petroleum exploration, development, and marketing made during the American occupation."--Source other than the Library of Congress
The Arab world by William Roe Polk( Book )

12 editions published between 1980 and 1986 in English and Polish and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding Iraq : a whistlestop tour from ancient Babylon to occupied Baghdad by William R Polk( )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Iraq will continue to be a major issue and involvement for the United States into the foreseeable future says William R. Polk. Iraq sits on the world's largest supply of oil, and with the world's energy requirements continuously rising, Iraq will play an ongoing role in the global economy and the political environment throughout the Gulf region and the Middle East." "Polk's concise, authoritative overview of Iraq's history shows how the pattern of outside intervention was established first by the Ottoman Turks and the Persian Safavids and later by England, Russia, and Germany. After World War I came British rule, followed by a brief and uneasy period of independence that sparked Iraqi nationalism, leading Saddam Husain to power with American military and financial aid and covert CIA involvement. The Iraq-Iran War and the invasion of Kuwait was followed by the Gulf War, the sanctions period, and the Bush administration's decision to invade. Finally, there is the American occupation and the challenges, opportunities, and options that Iraqis and Americans face now and in the future."--Jacket
Polk's folly : an American family history by William R Polk( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the Polk family history from its beginnings in Ireland with Robert Pollok and his flight to the New World in 1680. Among the accomplished family members are drafters of an early Declaration of Independence, wounded soldiers of the American Revolutionary War, women taken hostage by Indians, land speculators, slaveholding aristocrats and populist crusaders, one of our greatest presidents, Civil War generals and foot soldiers from North and South, a grandfather who shot the sheriff of Laredo and became a cattle baron, the founders of the Wall Street firm Davis Polk, Patton's lead tank commander, Martin Luther King's lawyer, and the author's amazing brother, a World War II Navy pilot and journalist who was the first casualty of the Cold War
Beginnings of modernization in the Middle East; the nineteenth century by William R Polk( Book )

16 editions published between 1966 and 1993 in English and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Arab world today by William Roe Polk( Book )

18 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and German and held by 602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scholars and the concerned public have long relied on William Polk for comprehensive and insightful analysis of the culture and politics of the Arab world. The Arab World Today, a thoroughly revised and expanded version of earlier editions, including The Arab World of the American Foreign Policy Library, covers recent developments such as the growth of population, differing rates of industrialization, Egyptian-Israeli peace efforts, the Lebanese maelstrom, terrorism, the impact of Islamic fundamentalism, and the enormous influence of the ever-changing oil market on economic and political life. In addition, the book examines the rarely analyzed but significant cultural, social, and geopolitical developments that are crucial determinants of recent happenings, and includes the best available statistics and information, from which Polk reevaluates and recasts outmoded perceptions
The Best short stories of ... and the yearbook of the American short story( )

in English and held by 589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The elusive peace : the Middle East in the twentieth century by William R Polk( Book )

20 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Elusive Peace, first published in 1979, highlights the crucial developments in the Middle East during the twentieth century: the coming of nationalism, the struggle for independence, the effects of the Cold War and the four 'hot wars' in the Middle East. The numerous attempts to solve the conflicts, and the ultimate failure of such attempts, are discussed with particular reference to the war in Lebanon, and its relation to larger conflicts. As an American emissary during the Kennedy, Johnston and Nixon years, William Polk is unique in his ability to assess the key personalities and provide thorough analysis, considering Sadat and Begin, and the American policies of Dulles and Kissinger. This is a fascinating and inclusive study which provides essential background to the on-going turmoil in the Middle East
The opening of south Lebanon, 1788-1840; a study of the impact of the West on the Middle East by William R Polk( Book )

23 editions published between 1963 and 2012 in English and German and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Passing brave by William R Polk( Book )

7 editions published between 1973 and 1974 in English and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two Americans cross the great Arabian desert on camel-back - a daring journey in search of the last Bedouin tribes
Crusade and jihad : the thousand-year war between the Muslim world and the global north by William R Polk( Book )

9 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Crusade and Jihad is the first book to encompass, in one volume, the entire history of the catastrophic encounter between the Global North--China, Russia, Europe, Britain, and America--and Muslim societies from Central Asia to West Africa. William R. Polk draws on more than half a century of experience as a historian, policy planner, diplomat, peace negotiator, and businessman to explain the deep hostilities between the Muslim world and the Global North and show how they grew over the centuries. Polk shows how Islam arose and spread across North Africa into Europe, climaxed in the vibrant and sophisticated caliphate of al-Andalus in medieval Spain, and was the bright light in a European Dark Age. Simultaneously, Islam spread from the Middle East into Africa, India, and Southeast Asia. But following the Mongol invasions, Islamic civilization entered a decline while Europe began its overseas expansion. Portuguese buccaneers dominated the Indian Ocean; the Dutch and the English established powerful corporations that turned India and Indonesia into colonies; Russian armies pushed down the Volga into Central Asia, destroying its city-states; and the Chinese Qing dynasty slaughtered an entire Central Asian people. Britain crushed local industry and drained off wealth throughout its vast colonies. Defeated at every turn, Muslims tried adopting Western dress, organizing Western-style armies, and embracing Western ideas. None of these efforts stopped the conquests. For Europe and Russia, the nineteenth century was an age of colonial expansion, but for the Muslim world it was an age of brutal and humiliating defeat. Millions were driven from their homes, starved, or killed, and their culture and religion came under a century-long assault. In the twentieth century, brutalized and and disorganized native societies, even after winning independence, fell victim to "post-imperial malaise," typified by native tyrannies, corruption, and massive poverty. The result was a furious blowback. A sobering, scrupulous, and frank account of imperialism, colonialism, insurgency, and terrorism, Crusade and Jihad is history for anyone who wishes to understand the civilizational conflicts of today's world." -- Publisher's description
Backdrop to tragedy; the struggle for Palestine by William R Polk( Book )

8 editions published in 1957 in English and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents the struggles in Israel and the Palestine Crisis from three different authors: an American specialist in Middle Eastern affairs, a scholar of Hebrew Literature and Zionism, and a Palestinian Arab who was an economic analyst. The book addresses the emotional and psychological factors behind the tension in a hope to understand the problems in the Middle East in the mid 20th century
Studies on the civilization of Islam by H. A. R Gibb( )

5 editions published between 1962 and 2014 in English and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ranging from studies on Sufism and the Koran to discussion of nineteenth and twentieth-century Arabic literature, these essays on the law and literature of Islamic society illustrate the unique vision of one of the world's great Orientalists
 
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Understanding Iraq : the whole sweep of Iraqi history, from Genghis Khan's Mongols to the Ottoman Turks to the British mandate to the American occupation
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Understanding Iraq : the whole sweep of Iraqi history, from Genghis Khan's Mongols to the Ottoman Turks to the British mandate to the American occupationStudies on the civilization of Islam.The birth of America : from before Columbus to the RevolutionViolent politics : a history of insurgency, terrorism & guerrilla war, from the American Revolution to IraqUnderstanding Iran : everything you need to know, from Persia to the Islamic Republic, from Cyrus to AhmadinejadOut of Iraq : a practical plan for withdrawal nowUnderstanding Iraq : a whistlestop tour from ancient Babylon to occupied BaghdadPolk's folly : an American family historyThe Arab world today
Alternative Names
Būlk, Wīlīm R. 1929-

Polk, William.

Polk, William R.

Polk, William R. 1929-

Polk, William Roe 1929-

Roe Polk, William 1929-

William R. Polk Amerikaans auteur

William R. Polk US-amerikanischer Historiker und politischer Berater

William Roe Polk

بولك، وليام

بولك، وليام، 1929-

بولك، ويليم ر.، 1929-

وليم بولك، 1929-

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