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The Struggle for Arab Independence

The Struggle for Arab Independence
Riad el-Solh and the Makers of the Modern Middle East

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  • Date Published: March 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521191371

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  • The Middle East, as we know it today, was shaped in the violent and tumultuous years of the first half of the 20th century. The roots of many of the conflicts and crises which afflict the region today can be traced back to this period of wars, high drama and the cavalier re-drawing of maps. Patrick Seale, a leading historian of the region, tells the story of the making of the modern Middle East through the life of Riad el-Solh, a Lebanese politician who grew into the outstanding Arab statesman of his time. Based on British and French archives, and on numerous interviews, the book pieces together the history of the Arab struggle for independence through the lives of those most directly involved. It is an invaluable resource for students and researchers, and of compelling interest to anyone who wants to know more about the Middle East.

    • Explains how the defeat and break-up of the Ottoman Empire led to the emergence of the Middle East as we know it today
    • Includes more than fifty photographs to illustrate the life and times of Riad el-Solh
    • The detail and anecdotes in the book give a feel of how Arab politics was actually lived
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    • Winner of the 2010 BRISMES Award (British Institute for Middle East Studies)

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521191371
    • length: 820 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 44 mm
    • weight: 1.42kg
    • contains: 57 b/w illus. 6 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Grandee of the empire
    2. An Ottoman childhood
    3. Education in revolution
    4. In the shadow of the gallows
    5. Faysal's false dawn
    6. Fugitive from the French
    7. The great Syrian revolution
    8. A hero's return
    9. Man of the people
    10. Riad el-Solh, Zionism and the Hajj Amin al-Husayni
    11. Ben Gurion and the Arabs
    12. The making of a Lebanese patriot
    13. Competing identities: the battle for men's minds
    14. The politics of the street
    15. The changing fortunes of war
    16. Rashid 'Ali and 'Operation Exporter'
    17. Riad Bey and general spears
    18. The electoral challenge
    19. The compromise of the national pact
    20. The decisive battle
    21. Painful awakening
    22. Goodbye to the French
    23. Master of the local scene
    24. The unwanted war
    25. The challenge from the revolutionaries
    26. Murder in Amman.

  • Author

    Patrick Seale
    Patrick Seale worked for Reuters news agency for six years and for more than a dozen years on the staff of The Observer as Middle East correspondent, Paris correspondent, and roving correspondent in Africa and the Indian subcontinent. He currently runs a consultancy on Middle East affairs. He has written extensively on the Middle East and his other books include Asad: The Struggle for the Middle East (1998, 1992) and Abu Nidal: A Gun for Hire (1992).


    • Winner of the 2010 BRISMES Award (British Institute for Middle East Studies)

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