This collection of studies by Helmut Mejcher is published on the occasion of his seventieth birthday. It testifies to a lifetime of research on the history of the Middle East and North Africa. The articles examine imperialist schemes and designs by the Western Powers for a new order in the region; the struggle of the Arab states to find their own way; the impact of oil and the socio-economic changes it entailed; and historical turning points in the course of the 20 th century.
Helmut Mejcher was professor for Modern History with special reference to the Middle East and the Mediterranean at the University of Hamburg from 1977 - 2002.Seit 2002 Prof. emeritus der Uni-Hamburg. Nahosthistoriker und Publizist.