Syria

Overview

Syria is a land that boasts one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world-Damascus-and is where Paul organized the first Christian Church, at Antioch. For more than 4,000 years, Syria has been marched over, fought over, and occupied by the forces of more than a dozen empires. In 1946, Syria gained its independence but entered a period of unstable government. That unsettled era ended in 1970, with a coup led by Hafez al-Assad of the Ba'ath Party. At his death, in 2000, his son Bashar was elected as ...
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Overview

Syria is a land that boasts one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world-Damascus-and is where Paul organized the first Christian Church, at Antioch. For more than 4,000 years, Syria has been marched over, fought over, and occupied by the forces of more than a dozen empires. In 1946, Syria gained its independence but entered a period of unstable government. That unsettled era ended in 1970, with a coup led by Hafez al-Assad of the Ba'ath Party. At his death, in 2000, his son Bashar was elected as his successor. Bashar al-Assad is credited with bringing his country into the twenty-first century. Syria today has been criticized for its influence in Lebanese affairs and for suspected terrorist funding. It also has been in serious peace talks with Israel, with Turkey serving as mediator.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Melissa Joy Adams
As part of the "Creation of the Modern Middle East" nonfiction series, this second edition provides an in-depth historical look at the events and people responsible for establishing the modern-day country of Syria. Politics, history, and current events merge to tell the 4,000-year-long story of war, the battle for freedom, and a peace struggle that still takes place today. Chapters cover topics such as the ancient religious significance of Syria, Lawrence of Arabia, the conflict over the Golan Heights, and the technological advancement the new president has implemented. The accessible writing and the resource material in the back (a chronology, bibliography, list of further resources, and detailed index) all help to make this book idea for a social studies classroom and library research. Students will appreciate the streamlined layout and the abundance of both color and black and white photographs. The thorough captions that accompany each photograph add to the book's appeal as an education source. Reviewer: Melissa Joy Adams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604130195
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Series: Creation of the Modern Middle East Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


1 After the Lion 7
2 Land of Abraham 15
3 Lawrence of Arabia 23
4 A Taste of Freedom 32
5 Birth of a Nation 39
6 The Arabs Unite 46
7 The Six-Day War 53
8 A Region Divided 63
9 The Yom Kippur War and Lebanon Conflicts 70
10 The Strongman 79
11 Syria in Recent Years 92 Chronology and Timeline 112 Bibliography 116 Further Resources 118 Picture Credits 120 Index 121 About the Contributors 128
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