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Fragile Nation, Shattered Land: The Modern History of Syria

James A. Reilly
Fragile Nation, Shattered Land: The Modern History of Syria
ISBN: 978-1-62637-749-3
$38.50
Forthcoming November 2018/258 pages/LC: 2018039381
"Reilly's Fragile Nation, Shattered Land is a gem. Reilly does what only a master historian who has studied Syria for a lifetime could do: he condenses 500 years of history into 200 pages, and almost every page delivers a sparkling insight set off by a simple and elegant style. This book should be read by anyone wishing to understand the deeper social and cultural dimensions of Syria's modern crisis." — Joshua Landis, University of Oklahoma
 
"This book will be a certain, and immediate, classic. It is likely to be the best book published on Syria for a long time….   Outstanding." —Michael Provence, University of California, San Diego
 
"An epic history of modern Syria, this book is vital to understanding the roots of what has become the most devastating conflict of the 21st century…. Reilly helps explain the roots of Syria's tragedy and the possible futures that may await it." —Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept
 
"With his deep understanding of Syria, James Reilly has produced a masterpiece that illuminates the country’s convoluted past and tragic present…. If there is one book you have to read about Syria to better understand the reasons behind its fragility, this is it." —Omer Taspinar, US National War College and the Brookings Institution

DESCRIPTION

How did the lands that are today Syria survive the vicissitudes of centuries of Ottoman, Egyptian, and French rule, only to stand in ruins today, shattered by a brutal civil war? To provide answers, James Reilly traces five centuries of Syrian history, from the Ottoman period to the present.

Reilly brings to life the myriad historical, cultural, social, economic, and political factors that have bound Syrians together, as well as those that have torn them apart. Drawing on extensive primary sources and recent historiography in English, French, and Arabic, he has written an essential book for those who want to understand not only contemporary Syria, but also the Middle East region.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James A. Reilly is professor of history at the University of Toronto. His previous publications include A Small Town in Syria and The Ottoman Cities of Lebanon.

CONTENTS

  • Introduction.
  • Syria Becomes Ottoman, Sixteenth to Seventeenth Centuries.
  • Syria's "Long" Eighteenth Century: Political Crises and Local Rulers.
  • Syria Between Europe and the Ottomans, 1820s-1900s
  • The Idea of Syria and World War I.
  • France and the Creation of the Syrian Territorial State.
  • Crises of Independent Statehood.
  • Thirty Years of Hafez al-Assad.
  • A False "Spring" and Gathering Storms. 
  • Uprising, Civil War, and Fragmentation.
  • Syria Divided.
     
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