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Lebanon's quest : the road to statehood, 1926-1939
Zamir, Meir.
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London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 1997.
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xii, 313 pages : map ; 24 cm
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DS86 .Z37 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Lebanon's unique political system and its laissez-faire political economy took shape during the period between the two great wars. Based on hitherto unstudied material, this work examines the inter- and intra-sectarian relations in Lebanon against the backdrop of the conflicting pressures from Damascus and Paris, the stands of the Christians and Muslims towards the Lebanese state, the ideological and political trends that emerged within each community and the rise of the political and economic elites in Beirut. It also analyzes Lebanese politics in the wider context of the Franco-Syrian confrontation, France's Middle East policy, the roots of Syria's hostility towards the Lebanese state and the attempts of its leaders to link it politically to Syria.

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In The Formation of Modern Lebanon(CH, Oct'85), Zamir looked carefully at the period between 1860 and 1926, when the Lebanese Constitution was adopted, focusing on economic, political, religious, and cultural issues that divided the various ethnic groups of that country. The author carries his analysis forward here with the same thorough examination of sources, particularly the archives of the French High Commission in Syria and the French Foreign Office. Created in 1926, the modern state of Lebanon was the result of intensive lobbying at home and abroad by Maronite Christians. However, inclusion of a large Muslim minority resulted in a deeply divided society that ultimately endangered the very survival of Maronite national achievements. Signs of religious, sectarian, and national conflict, as well as political intrigues and corruption, could be seen daily on the pages of Lebanese newspapers, whose numbers increased significantly in the 1920s and 1930s. The author cites the role and the influence of the leading families of the many religious and ethnic groups in the political, economic, and social life of the nation. But whatever took place in Lebanon had to fit in with current French colonial policy and with the context of Syria's political and territorial ambitions in Lebanon. An excellent, objective, and well-written account of the establishment of Lebanon; must reading for anyone seriously interested in the subject. All levels. N. Rassekh Lewis and Clark College