Syrian Intervention in Lebanon

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byNaomi Joy Weinberger

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Conflict and intervention in the Middle East are not uncommon occurrences. Yet when civil strife erupted in Lebanon in 1975, the events that followed were unusual indeed. Unlike most patterns of intervention, Syria displayed remarkable tactical flexibility by first intervening on behalf ofthe rebels, its traditional allies, then shifting its allegiance mid-war to the Lebanese incumbents. Also, whereas most intervention scenarios end with a process of decommitment, Syria eventually occupied parts of Lebanon to become an enduring military entity there. Delving into primary Syrian andLebanese sources, Weinberger unravels the history, competing factions, religion, politics, and culture of the region and presents an intriguing and complex portrait of intervention by a regional power.

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Conflict and intervention in the Middle East are not uncommon occurrences. Yet when civil strife erupted in Lebanon in 1975, the events that followed were unusual indeed. Unlike most patterns of intervention, Syria displayed remarkable tactical flexibility by first intervening on behalf ofthe rebels, its traditional allies, then shif...

Naomi Joy Weinberger is at Yale University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:378 pages, 8.62 × 5.87 × 1.22 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195040104

ISBN - 13:9780195040104

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"A unique, comprehensive, and cogent analysis. It is the only study in English I know of that deals comprehensively with the Syrian intervention in Lebanon 1975-76, both factually and analytically."--Marius K. Deeb, Georgetown University