Levant: A Fractured Mosaic
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Levant: A Fractured Mosaic

by William W. Harris
     
 

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Harris (political science, U. of Otago, New Zealand) outlines the history of the eastern Mediterranean littoral now occupied by Israel, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. After setting out its strategic geography, he narrates the periods of Rome, Islam, Byzantium, crusaders, Mamluks, and Ottomans. Then he discusses the 20th century. He includes a glossary

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Harris (political science, U. of Otago, New Zealand) outlines the history of the eastern Mediterranean littoral now occupied by Israel, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. After setting out its strategic geography, he narrates the periods of Rome, Islam, Byzantium, crusaders, Mamluks, and Ottomans. Then he discusses the 20th century. He includes a glossary without pronunciation guides. Only names are indexed. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558762657
Publisher:
Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/15/2003
Series:
Princeton Series on the Middle East
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
722,397
Product dimensions:
8.96(w) x 5.88(h) x 0.59(d)

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