Nearest East

9781439902226: Hardback
Release Date: 12th March 2010

9781439902233: Paperback
Release Date: 15th June 2012

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 224

Series Politics History & Social Chan

Temple University Press

Nearest East

American Millenialism and Mission to the Middle East

Hardback / £55.00
Paperback / £25.99

Discusses how missionaries and evangelical politics influenced American government policy in the Middle East


1 The United States and the Near East, circa 1800 
2 A Quest for “Zion” and Peace on Earth: Mission to the Bible Lands 
3 Dream and Trauma: Missionary America and Young Turkey, 1908-1923 
4 Oil, Palestine-Israel, and Empire of the Good 
5 American Steps and Shortcuts to “Zion” after 1967 

Selected Bibliography 

Hans-Lukas Kieser is Adjunct Professor (Privatdozent) for Modern History at the University of Zurich. He is editor of Turkey beyond Nationalism, a coeditor (with Dominik J. Schaller) of The Armenian Genocide and the Shoah and the author of Der verpasste Friede (The Squandered Peace).

"Nearest East offers a fascinating interpretation of American millenarian and Christian Zionist ideas in the late Ottoman and post-Ottoman Middle East. Kieser considers the role of American Protestant missionaries as mediators of American influence in the region. He demonstrates a powerful command of the histories of the late Ottoman Empire and Turkey, the Armenians, and the United States, as well as the fields of Christian and Islamic studies and biblical studies. Kieser does an excellent job of showing how fluctuating and sometimes inconsistent premillennial and postmillennial Christian ideas affected American missionary policy (and, after World War I, U.S. diplomatic policy) toward Asia Minor and later Palestine and Israel. Likewise, his description of the Armenian situation is particularly vivid and should stimulate important debate." 
Heather J. Sharkey, Associate Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of American Evangelicals in Egypt: Missionary Encounters in an Age of Empire