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

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-03-31
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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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.

Table of Contents

Grandee of the empire
An Ottoman childhood
Education in revolution
In the shadow of the gallows
Faysal's false dawn
Fugitive from the French
The great Syrian revolution
A hero's return
Man of the people
Riad el-Solh, Zionism and the Hajj Amin al-Husayni
Ben Gurion and the Arabs
The making of a Lebanese patriot
Competing identities: the battle for men's minds
The politics of the street
The changing fortunes of war
Rashid 'Ali and 'Operation Exporter'
Riad Bey and general spears
The electoral challenge
The compromise of the national pact
The decisive battle
Painful awakening
Goodbye to the French
Master of the local scene
The unwanted war
The challenge from the revolutionaries
Murder in Amman
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