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Excellent one-volume account of Hezbollah.,
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This review is from: Hezbollah: A Short History (Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics) (Paperback)
Hezbollah first came to my conciousness in the early 1980s,partly due to kidnappings of westerners in Lebanon,also as their role in the anti-Israeli resistance in southern Lebanon became clearer.After 15 years exposure to the western media's demonisation of Hezbollah,I visited Lebanon in 1999,and was suprised to see Hezbollah flags on display,and meet Lebanese who told me they voted for Hezbollah.Evidently,there is more than one version of Hezbollah's life and times.
Norton's history is a good corrective to the stereotypes of Hezbollah.He traces the root of the organisation to the late 1970s.He takes account of Iranian influence,but stresses the importance of Lebanese nationalism in the organisation.Hezbollah and other Shiite groups didn't resist Israeli occupation from 1982 onwards because of anti-semitism or because they had nothing better to do-they wanted a foriegn army out of their country.
The emergence of Hezbollah as a political party and general social welfare organisation amongst Lebanese Shiites,complete with TV station and website,is also covered well.It's a fairly easy read for the non-specialist,even though written by an academic.Recommended.