A History of Modern Lebanon

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This is the first comprehensive history of Lebanon in the modern period. It is entirely unique as the last history of Lebanon was published more than forty years ago. 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 sixteenth century, Fawwaz Traboulsi covers the growth of Beirut as a capital for trade and culture through the nineteenth century. The main part of the book concentrates on Lebanon's development in the twentieth century and the conflicts that led up to the major wars in the 1970s and 1980s. Lebanon in the twentieth century has seen turbulent times, the results of which we still see today.

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.

"Skillfully weaving together social, political, cultural, and economic history, this deeply informed and penetrating study provides a rich understanding of [this] vibrant, tragic, but ever hopeful [country]. . . . Fascinating."
---Noam Chomsky

"Fawwaz Trabulsi [sic] 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745324371
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 2/22/2007
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

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

• Acknowledgements
• Chronology
• Glossary
• Section One: Ottoman Lebanon
• 1. The Emirate of Mount Lebanon (1523 - 1842)
• 2. The Bloody Death of the Muqatàji 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
• Bibliography
• Notes
• Index

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