The Communist Movement in Syria and Lebanon

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University Press of Florida, 1998 - Political Science - 281 pages
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This is the first comprehensive work in any language to examine the development and growth of the communist movement in Syria and Lebanon. Drawing on party documents and literature, as well as interviews with key players conducted over a 25-year period, the authors examine the movement's evolution, intra-party struggles, and fragmentation over the course of the twentieth century.

From its foundations as a unified movement in 1924 as the Communist Party of Syria and Lebanon, the party separated into two branches. The authors describe the origins, characteristics, and dynamics of both parties, showing how each reflected the domestic environment in which it operated.

The Ismaels' study also provides an important chronicle of the ongoing struggle for political power in the Middle East and the reverberations from the collapse of the Soviet Union. With significant insights from a wealth of Arabic language sources inaccessible to most Western scholars, they offer a window onto one of the major political experiments of this century, documenting communism's great promise for the Middle East and its devastating disappointments.


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Establishment of the Communist Movement in Syria
Stalinization of the Party
The Ideological Crisis and the Challenge to the Leadership
The Lebanese Communist Party
The Lebanese Civil War
Postwar Reconstruction
The Syrian Communist Party in Crisis
The Disintegration of the Syrian Communist Party
Continuity and Change

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About the author (1998)

Tareq Y. Ismael is Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary, Canada. He also serves as President of the International Centre for Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies and as the co-editor of the International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies. Additionally, he is an author and editor of numerous books on Iraq and the Middle East, including Middle East Politics Today: Government and Civil Society (2001); Iraq: The Human Cost of History, with William H. Haddad (2003); The Iraqi Predicament: People in the Quagmire of Power Politics, with Jacqueline S. Ismael (2004); and The Communist Movement in the Arab World (2005).

Fac Soc Welfare, U of Calgary

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