A History of Modern Lebanon

A History of Modern Lebanon

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This is the first history of Lebanon from the Ottoman Empire to the modern period. Based on previously inaccessible archives, it is a fascinating account of one of the world's most fabled countries.Starting with the formation of Ottoman Lebanon in the 16th century, Traboulsi covers the growth of Beirut as a capital for trade and culture through the 19th century, it's independence and experiences as a republic, before moving onward to Lebanon's development in the late 20th century and the conflicts that led up to the major wars in the 1970s and 1980s and beyond.This is a stunning history of Lebanon over five centuries, bringing to life its politics, its people and the crucial role that it has always played in world affairs.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 134.62 x 213.36 x 20.32mm | 476.27g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • maps
  • 0745332749
  • 9780745332741
  • 342,179

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'Traboulsi writes what has eluded us for a long time, a history of modern lebanon that includes the civil war and post civil war periods' -- Maya Mikdashi, Jadaliyya 'This is a unique work. Fawwaz Traboulsi provides a compelling account of Lebanon's emergence as a state, a critical appraisal of its autonomy, a pathbreaking analysis of its social origins in the intimate and ever changing relationship of caste and class' -- Irene Gendzier, Professor of History, Boston University 'Skillfully weaving together social, political, cultural and economic history, this deeply informed and penetrating study provides a rich understanding of the vibrant, tragic, but ever hopeful Lebanese 'door to East and West'' -- Noam Chomsky 'Puts Lebanon's long war into a context that makes it comprehensible and, perhaps, inevitable. Everyone who is curious about that beautiful and tormented country should read his history, one of the best yet' -- Charles Glass, author of The Northern Front and The Tribes Triumphant
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About Fawwaz Traboulsi

Fawwaz Traboulsi is Associate Professor teaching history and politics at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. He is the author of several books.
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Table of contents





Section One: Ottoman Lebanon

1. The Emirate of Mount Lebanon (1523--1842)

2. The Bloody Death of the Muqata`ji System (1842--1861)

3. Grandeur and Misery of the Mutasarrifiya (1861--1915)

4. Beirut, Capital of Trade and Culture (1820--1918)

Section Two: State and Society

5. Dialectics of Attachment and Detachment (1915--1920)

6. From Mandate to Independence (1920--1943)

7. The Merchant Republic (1943--1952)

8. The Pro-Western Authoritarianism of Kamil Chamoun (1952--1958)

9. Shihabism and the Difficult Autonomy of the State (1958--1970)

10. The Pre-War Crises (1968--1975)

Section Three: the Wars of Lebanon

11. Reform by Arms (1975--1976)

12. The Longest Coup d'Etat (1977--1982)

13. The War Order (1983--1990)

14. Ambiguities and Contradictions of the Taif Agreement



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