Syria: A History of the Last Hundred Years

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Syria: A History of the Last Hundred Years

Syria: A History of the Last Hundred Years By John McHugo Syria A History of the Last Hundred Years The collapse of Syria into civil war over the past two years has spawned a regional crisis whose reverberations grow louder with each passing month In this timely account John McHugo seeks to context

  • Title: Syria: A History of the Last Hundred Years
  • Author: John McHugo
  • ISBN: 9781620970454
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Syria: A History of the Last Hundred Years By John McHugo The collapse of Syria into civil war over the past two years has spawned a regional crisis whose reverberations grow louder with each passing month In this timely account, John McHugo seeks to contextualize the headlines, providing broad historical perspective and a richly layered analysis of a country few in the United States know or understand.McHugo charts the historyThe collapse of Syria into civil war over the past two years has spawned a regional crisis whose reverberations grow louder with each passing month In this timely account, John McHugo seeks to contextualize the headlines, providing broad historical perspective and a richly layered analysis of a country few in the United States know or understand.McHugo charts the history of Syria from World War I to the tumultuous present, examining the country s thwarted attempts at independence, the French policies that sowed the seeds of internal strife, and the fragility of its foundations as a nation He then turns to recent events religious and sectarian tensions that have riven Syria, the pressures of the Cold War and the Arab Israeli conflict, and two generations of rule by the Assads.The result is a fresh and rigorous narrative that explains both the creation and unraveling of the current regime and the roots of the broader Middle East conflict As the Syrian civil war threatens to draw the U.S military once again into the Middle East, here is a rare and authoritative guide to a complex nation that demands our attention.
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    1. Tammam Aloudat on said:

      John McHugo is certainly knowledgeable about Syria and its history, and he is certainly on the right side of history when it comes to describing the rule of the Assads, tyrannical and dictatorial, and the Syrian revolution that started asking for freedom and dignity As a Syrian , I am torn between finding the book very good in the way it narrates a hundred years of Syria s complexity in a fairly compact volume and between wanting depth in analysis There was little I didn t know but little also [...]

    2. Samer Kallas on said:

      Objective, Realistic, Unbiased, and well written It is one of the best books i red on the Modern History of Syria

    3. Joanna Mounce on said:

      With all of the controversy over refugees and our place in the Syrian civil war, I decided it would be good to actually read a bit about Syria I have always enjoyed reading books about people from the Middle East, but I have never actually read a non fiction book about the history of the region.Syria and the surrounding region was a part of the Ottoman Empire from 1516 until its dissolution after WWI Up until then, the Arab people in that region were all one people France and England divided the [...]

    4. Kawing on said:

      Basically this is the concise modern history of Syria everyone should read especially if they are interested in the recent conflict happening in Syria.

    5. Calzean on said:

      This is a reasonably easy book to read on a very complex topic Taking the reader to early 2014 it paints a bleak picture to what the Assad regime is doing to hold on power, the games being played by Syria s neighbours, the sadness in Syria being used as a pawn in a game between Russia and the USA and the difficulties Syria has faced since it s artificial creation.It s a very balanced book which criticises all parties but still with great empathy for the Syrian people.

    6. Charlotte Smith on said:

      I bought this book as I wanted to learn about Syria because with the country being in the news all the time as it is fighting a battle with terrorists and also for personal reasons I think it is important to learn about Syria.Overall this is a very good read indeed The author is excellent in covering the period from 1900 with the French Mandate and up to when Hafez Bashar Al Assad became President It was a fascinating insight and I was very much saddened and dare I say ashamed that the West ha [...]

    7. Jonathan on said:

      A solid history of modern Syria since WW1 John McHugo breaks down the legacy of the French Mandate in Syria and the impact French rule had on ethnic and religious divisions in the country While the historical information and chronological order are excellent I was hoping for details on the oppression of Syrians under the Assad regime leading up to the revolution during the Arab Spring Despite this shortcoming McHugo s work provides an excellent narrative of the history of modern Syria.

    8. Aya on said:

      An excellent account of the history of Syria since the latest days of the Ottoman Empire till the recent events which led to the recent war It is an objective honest book that shows the deep knowledge of the author of the Middle East region The links he makes to the various elements and events, and his understanding of how the interference of external powers deeply affected the societies in Syria are great The book describes Syria under the French rule, the policies of the French during colonial [...]

    9. Derek Ide on said:

      Nice primer to contemporary Syrian history Unfortunately the section on Salah Jadid s rule is truncated and lacks any detail, which is a shame Also quite weak on Syrian civil war analysis post 2011.

    10. Chad Kohalyk on said:

      A competent overview of the major stages in Syrian history since the Great War My greatest takeaway was the complex relationship with bordering nations Syrian history is less about what Syria has done, than what was done to Syria This explains why there seems to be so little scholarship on Syria itself The bibliography in this book is a little thin It is certainly a regional story.The main criticism I have about this book is its organization McHugo simply lays out one event after another Sure, t [...]

    11. Eric on said:

      This is a great compact history of Syria and the complex political socio economic elements that have effected the country s modern history.I would say that the real value of this book is in the history of the post WWI French mandate period which is where the stage was set for ongoing problems locally through international interferance.Well realised as a concise guide to a fairly broad historical period.

    12. Chris on said:

      McHugo offers a readable and balanced account of Syria s history, from its partition by the British and French mandates after WWI, the formation of a national party, detachment from colonial powers, conflict with Israel, multiple coupe s, Ba thification, the rise of the Assads, and decline into all out civil war Syria is a great place to start for those interested in Middle East studies Highly recommend this book.

    13. Nesrine on said:

      The first part of the book is great but the second one and from the beginning of the Hafedh Al Assad s rule all become blurred and not really clear maybe because of the propaganda of the Syrian regime at that time or because of the lack of information about that era Despite those limits, the book still good.

    14. Eric Chapman on said:

      I expected to read about the Assad regime and the largest refugee crisis since WWII What I didn t expect was to learn about the long history of unrest, which is mostly the result of European imperialism Sadly, it seems the author is correct is predicting no near end to this vicious cycle in Syria.

    15. Les Dangerfield on said:

      This pulled together the various strands of Syrian history I already knew something of It is well written and helps to understand better how Syria got to the situation it is in today However, for me it didn t give me any fundamental new insights into the current situation there, though I d hoped it might do so.

    16. Jonathan Fryer on said:

      An excellent study for anyone who wants to understand the complex history of Syria over the past century An Arabist with a deep empathy for and understanding of the region, McHugo is measured, informative and reliable, with an attractive style that eschews the density of some academic writing.

    17. Iselin Rønningsbakk on said:

      This is a very well researched and informative book that gives a good overview of the history of Syria However, for someone like myself, without much existing knowledge about Syria and Syrian history, it was a bit difficult and heavy to read.

    18. Eyad on said:

      I really liked the first few chapters, when he talked about Shaam or what is called in Latin Syria Salutari In subsequent chapters, subjectivity emerges, which I do not appreciate in History books.

    19. Maria Ensabella on said:

      A concise, well written, unbiased history of Syria and the greater region, this book enables the reader to better understand the causes of the challenges faced in the Middle East today I found this book to be a fascinating read.

    20. Helene on said:

      concise, precise, enlightening extremely relevant for understanding current politics of the arabian countries, especially syria and palestine.

    21. Jamie on said:

      Superb account Provides sufficient detail but never feels bogged down Thoroughly enjoyed it.

    22. Jason S on said:

      An interesting history of Syria, with some insightful comparisons between French occupation and the current civil war.

    23. Dvir Oren on said:

      Lots of bad things happening there Looks like there s a long story behind it

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