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interesting account of the causes and unfolding of the arab uprisings
on 22 March 2014
This is an interesting and very readable account of the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, and Libya, with references to Lebanon, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Mixing personal reportage style writing with brief analyses of the causes and and key events of the uprisings, Bowen makes clear that they cannot be treated as single movement but are instead a series of localised reactions to authoritarian regimes and hopelessness, connected mainly by the use of social media to bring the rebellions to worldwide attention and to communicate with other resistors to the status quo.
Bowen makes clear that the uprisings, even when they have been successful in deposing rulers, have some distance yet to run before stability is achieved and democatic processes fully established.
This is a readable book, although at times the narrative is a liitle disconnected and seems rushed