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M. Clement Hall , Charles River Editors
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28 Aug 2013
As one of the hottest political topics in the world today, nearly everyone is aware of the ongoing violence in Syria, between forces loyal to the regime of Bashar al-Assad and opposition looking to overthrow the regime. Within that narrative are a number of sensitive issues, including sectarian strife between the majority Sunni population and the Alawites, not to mention Christians.
People may know what’s going on in Syria today, but how did Syria get to where it is today, at the forefront of the Arab Spring? The history of Syria in the last century is one of turbulence, violence, and political intrigue, with local religious sects battling for control of the land while foreign powers vied to maintain influence over the region. What resulted was a toxic and twisted mess that has precipitously affected the entire region, from Israel and Lebanon to Iran and Iraq.
The History of Syria: 1900-2012 comprehensively and descriptively unweaves the web, progressing through the history of Syria from the days of the Ottoman Empire to now, by examining all of the different religious, political, foreign, and military issues that affect Syria and are affected by Syria today. Along with maps showing how the modern state of Syria came to be formed, The History of Syria: 1900-2012 will bring readers up to speed on one of the world’s most volatile and violent hotspots today.

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  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (28 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492258555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492258551
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise and to the point 27 Aug 2012
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This is an excellent, clear yet sort overview of the history of Syria from 1900 till present day. It is not a complete work but should be used as a companion to other more in depth analyses of the current political situation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars History of syria 6 July 2013
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Good overview for those looking for a brief history of Syria. Makes a good companion guide to those studying or interested in middle east and Syrian history
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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting but brief 19 Jan 2013
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Whetted my appitite only, could have gone into more detail. But was interesting all the same. looking for more on the subject.
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The book gives a brief digest of an important time in Syrian history, and of a major element in the incredible tangle that is Middle Eastern history. However its author seems to have only a passing acquaintance with English syntax. Moreover, at one point he places Gallipoli on the Black Sea! A trivial mistake, although it implies that the Allies got through the Bosphorus, but it is disconcerting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Timely,informative 9 Aug 2013
By Patricia L. Kett - Published on Amazon.com
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With everything happening in the world today, especially in Syria, I wanted to update myself on the history to have a better understanding of what brought us here, in clear, concise terms. This book has done that for me.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Straight and to the point 11 May 2013
By Ethereous - Published on Amazon.com
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It gives the exact times and important facts from 1900-2012 that you would need for a basic/moderate understanding of how Syria came to be. It's definitely worth $2.99.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Facts, fact, facts 27 Nov 2012
By willem j. van den berg - Published on Amazon.com
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Good as a work of reference for anyone who wants to know somewhat more about recent Syrian history in a chronological order..
5.0 out of 5 stars To the point 12 July 2014
By Arturo del Swego - Published on Amazon.com
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This a short overview in outline form giving the
WHEN WHAT WHO WHERE and some WHY
Of the history of Syria. Many of the entries told of events outside Syria giving context to events taking place inside of Syria. The book helped me to understand the larger picture of some well known historical events.
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable History of Syria From Faisel Until Assad 19 Feb 2014
By C. William Anderson @theseinspire - Published on Amazon.com
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Charles Rivers Editors has put together a terrific brief on a nation that today is at the forefront in the 100-year march to self determination that most all Arabic-speaking nations are trudging through.

In only 88 pages The History of Syria 1900-2012 manages to put into perspective just how complex the process of building a society into a nation, a federation, or a league of Arab nations is.

The diverse groups of peoples who were extracted from the Ottoman Empire were thrust into modernity and into a form of colonialism instead of outright independence. Further, the nations in charge of leading them towards ultimate self-governance seemed trapped by greed and/or conflicts of interest or, and this is of critical importance today, feared a united Arabic-speaking nation would ultimately drift into a nation more powerful than a United Europe with America.

Coupled with vast quantities of oil and as the bridge between the Far East and Europe, France and England appeared determined to establish the letter of the law by creating a jig saw map of small nation states throughout the region. Each nation needed to have a majority rule by a faction of 'tribes' that was in constant turmoil and to replicate such a conflict between the different nations.

France ruled, or was mandated to oversee the nations we today refer to as Lebanon and Syria. Without reading the history of Syria and Lebanon, and without understanding the period of the region during the transition from Ottoman to European rule, it would be far too difficult to fully appreciate the 20 years from WWII thru the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Many of us in the West see the turmoil of the Arab Spring or the Arab Israeli conflict and think the Arabs are incapable of forming a modern state, and ask why?

The History of Syria is one short book that can help us all better understand the roots of the ongoing conflict with which 21st Century Syria is confronted.

By reading The History of Syria 1900-2012, by each of us and, especially by interns serving elected officials, a better, more stable future for Syria and for the Arab-speaking nations of the Nearand of the Middle East just might be possible.

In other words, I will go further than stating my recommendation to buy and read this book. Please gift this book to your Senator or member of the House of Representatives so they can better determine how Syria can move forward whether or not Bashar Al-Assad remains in charge.

Although not perfect, and although not an exhaustive compilation, The History of Syria 1900-2012 is a terrific 88-page guide. If you read no other book regarding the Syria this year, I urge you to buy this brief summary of Syria's history.
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