State And Society In Syria And Lebanon
Edited by Youssef M. Choueiri
This text traces the social and political development of Syria and Lebanon from the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire to the present day. Written by a number of specialists and scholars, it offers a comparative study by means of concentration on major turning-points in the modern history of both countries. The book opens with the foundation of the first modern Arab government in 1919 and ends with an analysis of the Syrian-Lebanese co-operation treaty. Based on new research data and offering original approaches, the book should be a useful addition to literature on both Lebanon and Syria.
Contents: Arabism, society and economy in Syria, 1918-1920, Abdul-Karim Rafeq; an evaluation of the Arab goverment in Damascus, 1918-1920, Khairia Kasmieh; le grand-Liban et le projet de la confederation Syrienne d'apres des documents Francais, Wajih Kawtharani; les orthodoxes entre Beyrouth et Damas - une millet chretienne dans deux villes Ottomanes, May Davie; greater Lebanon - the formation of a caste system?, Sofia Saadeh; laissez-faire, outward-orientation, and regional economic disintegration - a case study of the dissolution of the Syro-Lebanese customs union, Carolyn L. Gates; linkages and constraints of the Syrian economy, Huda Hawwa; Syrian foreign policy at the crossroads - continuity and change in the post-Gulf War era, Ghayth N. Armanazi; the treat of brotherhood, co-operation and co-ordination - an assessment, Fida Nasrallah; concepts of nation and state with special reference to the Sunnis in Lebanon, al-Fadl Shalaq.
Youssef Choueiri is Reader in Islamic Studies at the University of Manchester