Syria Under the Baʻth, 1963-66: The Army Party Symbiosis

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Transaction Publishers, 1972 - Syria - 276 pages
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The Ba'th Party established its regime in Syria following the coup d'etat of March 8, 1963. During the period 1963-66, Syria underwent significant social and political changes while the nature of the Ba'th party itself was deeply altered. This book establishes the chronology of the period, identifies the issues and the acting forces that shaped it, and evaluates the significance of these changes and developments.

Particular emphasis is placed on the unique relationship between the leaders of the Syrian army and the Ba'th party organization, and the role played in Syrian politics by sectarian loyalties and tensions. Syria's complex relationship with Egypt and President Nasser and the dichotomy of the Ba'th regime and the Syrian population are covered in detail.

The reader is presented with several useful appendixes*unobtainable elsewhere: lists of Syrian cabinets, Ba'th party congresses, National and Regional Commands, Ba'th and Syrian personalities, and the first English translation of a major Ba'thi ideological text.


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Syrian Politics and the Bath 194561
The March 8 coup Détat in the Making September 1961 to March 1963
The Establishment of a Bath regime in Syria
The Sixth and Seventh National Congresses and the Fall of the Bath Regime in Iraq
The Hama Revolt and the Political Changes of Spring 1964
The Hegemony of the Military Committee and the Regional Command
Discord among the Military the HafizJdid Rivalry April to September 1965
The Coup Détat of February 23 1966
Appendix A Syrian Cabinets March 1963March 1966
Appendix B Composition of Regional and National Commands 196366
Appendix C National Congresses of Bath Party 194766 and regional Congresses of the Syrian Party Organizational 196366
An Organizational Scheme
Appendix E Syrian Bathi Personalities Appearing in the Text
The Exercise of Popular Democracy


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