The Formation of Modern Syria and Iraq

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Frank Cass, 1995 - History - 417 pages
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This book, which concludes Professor Tauber's trilogy on the emergence of the modern Fertile Crescent, examines the impact of clandestine and overt political parties and societies in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Iraq in the period after the First World War. It analyses Amir Faysal's short-lived state in post-war Syria in its struggle to preserve its independence against the French, and shows that the real power behind the scenes was the secret society al-Fatat, with its public mouthpiece, the Independence Party. Other powerful political groups, such as the extremist Committee for National Defence and al-Nadi al-Arabi, are also discussed. The book, which proves that in the post-World War I Fertile Crescent particularist national ideas prevailed over the general Arab idea, is based on many original documents, the contemporary press and the memoirs of leading Arab personalities.

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ELIEZER TAUBER is Chair of the Department of Middle Eastern History at Bar Ilan University. His studies focus on the history of the modern Arab states and the Arab-Israeli conflict in the first half of the 20th century. He has published five books and more than 40 professional articles in leading academic journals. His books include: Aziz Bek: Intelligence and Espionage in Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine during the World War (1991), The Emergence of the Arab Movements (1993), The Arab Movements in World War I (1993), Secret Societies and Resistance Movements in the Fertile Crescent, 1875-1920 (1994), and The Formation of Modern Syria and Iraq (1995).

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