Syria's Democratic Years: Citizens, Experts, And Media In The 1950s

Paperback | November 24, 2015

byKevin W. Martin

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The years 1954-1958 in Syria are popularly known as "The Democratic Years," a brief period of civilian government before the consolidation of authoritarian rule. Kevin W. Martin provides a cultural history of the period and argues that the authoritarian outcome was anything but inevitable. Examining the flourishing broadcast and print media of the time, he focuses on three public figures, experts whose professions-law, the military, and medicine-projected modernity and modeled the new Arab citizen. This experiment with democracy, however abortive, offers a model of governance from Syria's historical experience that could serve as an alternative to dictatorship.

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The years 1954-1958 in Syria are popularly known as "The Democratic Years," a brief period of civilian government before the consolidation of authoritarian rule. Kevin W. Martin provides a cultural history of the period and argues that the authoritarian outcome was anything but inevitable. Examining the flourishing broadcast and print ...

Kevin W. Martin is Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at Indiana University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:234 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:November 24, 2015Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253018870

ISBN - 13:9780253018878

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Table of Contents

Introduction The Virtuous Citizen and the Postcolonial State
1. Syria during the Democratic Years
2. The Citizen and the Law
3. Social Justice and the Patriarchal Citizen
4. Punishing the Enemies of Arabism
5. Making the Martial Citizen
6. The Magic of Modern Pharmaceuticals
7. Sex and the Conjugal Citizen
Conclusion Citizens on the Tenth Day

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"[A]n extremely interesting story, deftly told and beautifully written.... [M]akes an important contribution to our understanding of Syrian history." -Peter Sluglett, National University of Singapore