A History of Modern Lebanon

A History of Modern Lebanon

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This is the second updated edition of the first comprehensive history of Lebanon in the modern period. Written by a leading Lebanese scholar, and based on previously inaccessible archives, it is a fascinating and beautifully-written 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. The main part of the book concentrates on Lebanon's development in the 20th century and the conflicts that led up to the major wars in the 1970s and 1980s. This edition contains a new chapter and updates throughout the text. This is a rich history of Lebanon that brings to life its politics, its people and the crucial role that it has always played in world affairs.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 133 x 216 x 28.19mm | 453.59g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0745332757
  • 9780745332758

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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', tracing the intricacies of this fascinating society to their historical roots and revealing the complex web that has emerged. It closes with the observation that 'a new period in the history of Lebanon had begun' in 1990, a period that has been marked by achievements and horrors, but with the promise for the better future that its people surely deserve. -- Noam Chomsky Fawwaz Trabulsi 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 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. For anyone seeking to understand Lebanon and the Middle East, this work, written by one of the most prominent intellectuals and journalists of Lebanon and the Arab world, cannot be ignored. -- Irene Gendzier, Professor of History, Boston University 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. In addition, Traboulsi's focus on economic history and political economy provides important insights to many of the historical events that are read, perhaps too quickly, as "sectarian." -- Maya Mikdashi, Jadaliyyashow more

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.show more

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