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Coexistence in Wartime Lebanon: Decline of a State and Rise of a Nation

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This book combines a vast encyclopedic history of the war in Lebanon with a penetrating sociological analysis. Tracing the war to its origins, the author shows that it has been primarily a surrogate war over Palestine which escalated into a conflict between the diverse Lebanese communities, each afraid of being the player left standing in a macabre game of musical chairs. Hanf's central theme is the problem of conflict and conflict regulation between these groups. How were conflicts regulated peacefully before ...

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Overview

This book combines a vast encyclopedic history of the war in Lebanon with a penetrating sociological analysis. Tracing the war to its origins, the author shows that it has been primarily a surrogate war over Palestine which escalated into a conflict between the diverse Lebanese communities, each afraid of being the player left standing in a macabre game of musical chairs. Hanf's central theme is the problem of conflict and conflict regulation between these groups. How were conflicts regulated peacefully before the war? How did the country come to be the battlefield of both a surrogate war and a civil war? How do the Lebanese view what has happened in their country? What are their aspirations and how do they conceive a realistic settlement? Is there any prospect of re-establishing coexistence between different elements of Lebanese society? The author sets out to answer these and other important questions using a wide range of literature as well as his own extensive research in the country. He writes optimistically, suggesting that although fear can breed a vicious circle of hatred and violence, it can also produce reason and compromise.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848857155
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 1.11 (w) x 1.11 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Theodor Hanf is Director of the Arnold Bergstrasser Institute for Social Research in Freiburg, Research Professor at the German Institute for International Educational Research in Frankfurt, and Honorary Professor of Political Science at the University of Freiburg.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
• On Citation And Transcription
• List Of Common Abbreviations
• One People Too Many In The Levant?
• Conflict Regulation And Crises In Multi-Communal States: The Proliferation Of Multi-Communal States In The Twentieth Century
• The 'Lebanese Model'
• Coexistence In Pre-War Lebanon
• The Clouding Horizon
• Non-Lebanese Factors Of Conflict
• Danse Macabre 1975-1988: Parties, Masks And Steps
• Violence Without Victory
• Forms, Costs And Consequences Of War
• Foxes And Lions: Politicians And Militia
• Leaders' Perceptions Of Conflict
• Coexistence In War: Attitudes And Opinions Of Economically Active Lebanese 1981-1987
• A Revocable Covenant: A Preliminary Synopsis
• The Disintegration Of The State
• The Road To Independence, 1988-1990
• The Two Faces Of The Second Republic
• Trapping Of Sovereignty, 1990-1992
• The Emergence Of A Nation
• Epilogue And Conjectures
• Bibliography
• Selected Annotated Literature In Arabic On The Conflict In Lebanon
• Questionnaire, 1984, 1986, 1987
• Index Of Names
• Index Of Places
• Index Of Subjects

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