War, Institutions, And Social Change In The Middle East / Edition 1

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Overview

Few areas of the world have been as profoundly shaped by war as the Middle East in the twentieth century. Despite the prominence of war-making in this region, there has been surprisingly little research investigating the effects of war as a social and political process in the Middle East. To fill this gap, War,
Institutions, and Social Change in the Middle East
brings together an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars who explore the role of war preparation and war-making on the formation and transformation of states and societies in the contemporary Middle East. Their findings pose significant challenges to widely accepted assumptions and present new theoretical starting points for the study of war and the state in the contemporary developing world.

Heydemann's collaborators include political scientists, historians, anthropologists, and sociologists from the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Their essays are both theoretically sophisticated and empirically rich, covering topics such as the effects of World War II on state-market relations in Syria and Egypt, the role of war in the rise of the Palestine Liberation Organization, the political economy of Lebanese militias, and the effects of the 1967 war on state and social institutions in Israel. The volume originated as a research planning project of the Joint Committee on the Near and Middle East of the Social Science Research Council.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520224223
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Heydemann is Associate Professor of Political Science at Columbia University in New York City and the author of Authoritarianism in Syria:
Institutions and Social Conflict, 1946-1970
(1999).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
1. War, Institutions, and Social Change in the Middle East 1
Part 1 War, State, and Markets in the Middle East: the Political Economy of World Wars I and II
2. Guns, Gold, and Grain: War and Food Supply in the Making of Transjordan 33
3. The Climax and Crisis of the Colonial Welfare State in Syria and Lebanon during World War II 59
4. War, Keynesianism, and Colonialism: Explaining State-Market Relations in the Postwar Middle East 100
Part 2 War, State, and Society in the Contemporary Middle East
5. Si Vis Stabilitatem, Para Bellum: State Building, National Security, and War Preparation in Syria 149
6. Changing Boundaries and Social Crisis: Israel and the 1967 War 174
7. War as Leveler, War as Midwife: Palestinian Political Institutions, Nationalism, and Society since 1948 200
8. War in the Social Memory of Egyptian Peasants 240
9. War as a Vehicle for the Rise and Demise of a State-Controlled Society: The Case of Ba'thist Iraq 258
10. The Political Economy of Civil War in Lebanon 292
Part 3 Conclusion
11. The Cumulative Impact of Middle Eastern Wars 325
Selected Bibliography 335
List of Contributors 357
Index 361
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