An Occasion for War: Civil Conflict in Lebanon and Damascus in 1860

Forsideomslag
University of California Press, 1. jan. 1994 - 302 sider
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Leila Fawaz's pioneering study tells the story of the 1860 civil wars that began in Mount Lebanon and spilled over into Damascus. This period witnessed the most severe outbreak of sectarian violence in the history of Ottoman Syria and Lebanon. The author's close analytical narrative of the dramatic events of that year is set against the broader themes of nineteenth-century social, political, and economic change.
Fawaz shows how social conflict, including "ethnic" civil wars, cannot be explained without analyzing the regional and international currents that play upon both central state power and local autonomy. She also demonstrates the important role of the communal balance between social and political institutions within regions.
Fawaz's new insights into the formation of sectarian identities and conflict will make An Occasion for War essential reading for all students of the modern Middle East. Leila Fawaz's pioneering study tells the story of the 1860 civil wars that began in Mount Lebanon and spilled over into Damascus. This period witnessed the most severe outbreak of sectarian violence in the history of Ottoman Syria and Lebanon. The author's close analytical narrative of the dramatic events of that year is set against the broader themes of nineteenth-century social, political, and economic change.
Fawaz shows how social conflict, including "ethnic" civil wars, cannot be explained without analyzing the regional and international currents that play upon both central state power and local autonomy. She also demonstrates the important role of the communal balance between social and political institutions within regions.
Fawaz's new insights into the formation of sectarian identities and conflict will make An Occasion for War essential reading for all students of the modern Middle East.
 

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Indhold

Changing Worlds
8
Village and Town Life on the Eve of the Civil War
31
Civil War in the Mountain
47
The Damascus Incident
78
International Response
101
Retribution and the Restoration of Order in Damascus
132
Reconstruction and the Restoration of Order in Mount Lebanon
164
The Peace Settlement
193
Civil Wars Compared
218
Notes
231
Bibliography
279
Index
294
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Om forfatteren (1994)

Leila Fawaz is Professor of Middle East History at Tufts University.

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