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Syria: From National Independence to Proxy War

Editors: Matar, Linda, Kadri, Ali (Eds.)

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  • Provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the Syrian crisis
  • Makes understanding Syria's complex inner workings accessible to a broader readership
  • Examines the historical background that has laid the objective conditions for Syria’s descent to its current situation
  • Provides a holistic picture of Syria’s developmental trajectory from the early twentieth century through to the present day
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About this book

This edited collection aims to analytically reconceptualise the Syrian crisis by examining how and why the country has moved from a stable to a war-torn society. It is written by scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, all of whom make no attempt to speculate on the future trajectory of the conflict, but aim instead to examine the historical background that has laid the objective conditions for Syria’s descent to its current situation. Their work represents an attempt to dissect the multi-layered foundation of the Syrian conflict and to make understanding its complex inner workings accessible to a broader readership. The book is divided into four parts, each of which elaborates on the origins and dynamics of today’s crisis from the perspective of a different discipline. When put together, the four parts provide a holistic picture of Syria’s developmental trajectory from the early twentieth century through to the present day. Themes addressed include Syria’s postcolonial development efforts, its leap into socialism and then into neoliberalism in the late twentieth century, its politics within the resistance front, and finally its food and health security concerns.

About the authors

Linda Matar is Senior Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore (NUS). She is also Lecturer at the NUS’s College of Alice and Peter Tan. Her research interests include the political economy of the Arab Near East and Southeast Asia. She is the author of The Political Economy of Investment in Syria (2016).

Ali Kadri is Senior Fellow at the NUS and Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics, UK. His recent publications include The Cordon Sanitaire: A Single Law Governing Development in East Asia and the Arab World (2018).

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Syria in the Imperialist Cyclone

    Kadri, Ali (et al.)

    Pages 1-25

  • What Went Wrong: Understanding the Trajectory of Syria’s Conflict

    Hinnebusch, Raymond

    Pages 29-52

  • The New Struggle for Syria and the Nature of the Syrian State

    Kienle, Eberhard

    Pages 53-70

  • Syria: Strong State Versus Social Cleavages

    Aoyama, Hiroyuki

    Pages 71-92

  • Macroeconomic Framework in Pre-conflict Syria

    Matar, Linda

    Pages 95-113

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98458-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98457-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Syria: From National Independence to Proxy War
Editors
  • Linda Matar
  • Ali Kadri
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98458-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98458-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98457-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 296
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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