King Hussein and the challenge of Arab radicalism: Jordon 1955-1967

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Oxford University Press, 1989 - Biography & Autobiography - 206 pages
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When the young Hussein became the King of Jordan in 1953, conventional wisdom held that his days were numbered. As the embodiment of the socially conservative, pro-Western Jordanian state, he seemed little able to stand up to the rising forces of pan-Arab radicalism. Yet Hussein and the Jordanian monarchy have not only endured, they have thrived, and continue to play a vital role in Middle Eastern politics. Historian Uriel Dann here explores the political history of the formative years of the Jordanian state, uncovering the sources of its durability against forces seeking to fundamentally alter the traditional bases of Arab politics.

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The Jordanian Entity
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Dann is Professor of History (Emeritus) at Tel Aviv University and affiliated with the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies.