Islamic intricacies

Nearly every Muslim country in the world has undergone substantial changes in the 20th century. Reinhard Schulze’s book examines the intricate problems in the Middle East, political upheavals in Pakistan and the conflict in Chechnya.

“Geschichte der Islamischen Welt. Von 1900 bis zur Gegenwart”, an updated and extended version of a book released in 1994, describes developments since the decolonisation. The Islamis scholar portrays democratic movements’ uphill struggle and the influence of extremist movements. Schulze’s 580-page analysis is just one of a string of unanimously acclaimed nonfiction released by C.H. Beck.

Former foreign correspondent Gabriele Krone-Schmalz recently appealed on western governments to seek a way out of the worsening confrontation with Moscow. In “Russland verstehen. Der Kampf um die Ukraine und die Arroganz des Westens”, the ex-ARD reporter criticises European leaders for ridiculing reforms in Russia. Krone-Schmalz claims the European Union’s political elite has not considered that the country needed more time as it had to recover from the impact of communist regime.

“Zerreißproben. Deutschland, Europa und der Westen“ is the title of a collection of essays by renowned historian Heinrich August Winkler. His articles were published between 1990 and 2015. In a recent interview, Winkler warned that the vision of a united Europe would come to a gruesome end if separatist parties become more powerful. “They consider it a disgrace to support disadvantaged regions and call on the European Union to take responsibility. It would harm us all if we don’t speak up against their agenda.”

Geschichte der Islamischen Welt. Von 1900 bis zur Gegenwart
By Reinhard Schulze
Published by C.H. Beck (

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