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Fragile Nation Shattered Land: The Modern History of Syria.

9781626377493

Fragile Nation Shattered Land: The Modern History of Syria

James A. Reilly

Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.

2019

258 pages

$38.50

Hardcover

DS95

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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