Bruce Gilley is professor of political science and public policy at Portland State University and a member of the board of the National Association of Scholars. His latest book is The Last Imperialist: Sir Alan Burns’ Epic Defense of the British Empire. His next book, In Defense of German Colonialism, will be published in 2022.
Modern European colonialism in the Middle East took many forms and intensities, making impossible any generalizations about its effects. Therefore, the dominant anticolonial mindset that grips studies of the region is misplaced. Any case for colonialism in the Middle East rests on evidence from places that were creations of colonialism or where deterioration of the colonial legacy has been directly proportional to the degree of postcolonial catastrophe.