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Fragile Nation Shattered Land: The Modern History of Syria.


Fragile Nation Shattered Land: The Modern History of Syria

James A. Reilly

Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.


258 pages




Starting with the Ottoman conquest of the Syrian lands from the Mamluks, Reilly argues that the Syrian nation is a fragile one because it was born recently, defined arbitrarily, contested repeatedly, and vulnerable to internal schism and external intervention. He also shows how Syrian society--as distinct from the state--is resilient, with a continuous history that spans the centuries. His topics include Syria becomes Ottoman: 16th-17th centuries, the idea of Syria and World War I, France and the creation of the Syrian territorial state, a false "spring" and gathering storms, and Syria divided. (Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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