Lebanon's quest: The road to statehood, 1926-1939

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Lebanon's unique political system and its laissez-faire political economy took shape during the period between the two great wars. Based on hitherto unstudied material, this work examines the inter- and intra-sectarian relations in Lebanon against the backdrop of the conflicting pressures from Damascus and Paris, the stands of the Christians and Muslims towards the Lebanese state, the ideological and political trends that emerged within each community and the rise of the political and economic elites in Beirut. It also analyzes Lebanese politics in the wider context of the Franco-Syrian confrontation, France's Middle East policy, the roots of Syria's hostility towards the Lebanese state and the attempts of its leaders to link it politically to Syria.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherI.B. Tauris
ISBN (Print)1860641075
StatePublished - 31 Dec 1997


  • Lebanon -- History -- French occupation, 1918-1946
  • Lebanon -- Politics and government -- French occupation, 1918-1946


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