from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A region of southwest Asia generally thought to include Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the other countries of the Arabian Peninsula. Egypt and Sudan in northeast Africa are sometimes considered part of the region.
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- proper n. The region located south of Eastern Europe, comprised of Anatolia, Transcaucasia, the Levant, and Mesopotamia.
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- n. the area around the eastern Mediterranean; from Turkey to northern Africa and eastward to Iran; the site of such ancient civilizations as Phoenicia and Babylon and Egypt and the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity and Islam; had continuous economic and political turmoil in the 20th century
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The Ottoman Empire, until then, had kept a lid on all the problems of what was then called the Near East -- including the Balkans and Iraq.
It is sometimes said that the history of the Near East is a history that was until fairly recently of happy religious co-existence; well that's overstating it considerably.
Another indication of this new interest of America in the commerce of the Near East is the recent visit of a large party of American merchants and manufacturers to central and eastern Europe, where they were entertained by prominent officials and organizations of the large cities, and new bonds of friendship and understanding were established which can not but lead to closer and greater commercial interchange.
On the other hand, the darkest portent in the Near East is the continued intransigeance of France.
Army had been trained by German officers upon a German system; the expansion of German and Austrian political military influence throughout the Near East was a cardinal part of the German creed and policy.
Asiatic end of the Mediterranean, though now called the Near East, were then the Far West, because emigrants from the older lands of Asia had gone no farther than this twelve thousand years ago.
To occidental travellers the most vivid impression produced by a first contact with the Near East is the surprise of being in a country where the human element increases instead of diminishing the delight of the eye.
The Near East is the most water-short region in the world.
By 12,500 years ago, the Ice Age is well over, and, if Gordon Hillman’s vision of vast fields of wild wheat and barley is correct, the Near East is a veritable Garden of Eden.
The Quaker account includes not only the famous oatmeal and cereal bars, but also grocery staple brands such as Near East, Rice-a-Roni, Life cereal and Cap'n Crunch.