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By Christopher Catherwood

ISBN-10: 1849018073

ISBN-13: 9781849018074

Western civilization started within the center East: Judaism and Christianity, in addition to Islam, have been born there. For over a millennium, the Islamic empires have been prior to the West in studying, know-how and drugs, and have been militarily way more strong. It took one other 300 centuries for the West to trap up, and overtake, the center East.

Why does it appear assorted now? Why does Osama bin encumbered see 1918, with the autumn of the Ottoman Empire, because the 12 months every little thing replaced? those matters are defined in ancient element the following, in a fashion that intentionally seeks to move at the back of the rhetoric to the roots of current conflicts. a short historical past of the center East is vital examining for an clever reader desirous to comprehend what one of many world's key areas is all about.

Fully up-to-date with a brand new part at the Iraq Invasion of 2003, the query of Iran and the total context of the Isreali/Palestine conflict.

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US sanctions had not had a debilitating impact on either the state or society. The state had weakened but remained the sole coercive force, while weaponry was not widely avail­ able. Fundamentally, Syrian citizens saw themselves as wiser, more cohesive and less sectarian than their Lebanese and Iraqi neighbours who had fought vicious civil wars. As a result, there has been difficulty across Syrian society, which had avoided the sectarian and centrifugal forces that had ripped apart Lebanon and Iraq, accepting that it could harbour parallel feelings of enmity and suffer a similar fate.

A key objective for the regime was to prevent the gathering and organisation of large rebel units on Syrian soil, a task for which air power was used. A key factor in the survival of the regime was the sidelining of institutions. The inconsequential impact on the regime of the defection of Prime Minister Riyad Hijab in August 2012 illus­ trates this new reality, and the extent to which the instruments of government had been hollowed out. Even the Ba'ath Party was marginalised: unable to ensure the proper functioning of local administrations, its dense national and local networks were diverted for the purpose of repression.

Dozens of villages were abandoned in agricultural regions in the north and the east as hundreds of thousands of rural workers relocated to alreadycrumbling small towns and the poor vicinities of Damascus and Aleppo. The coming to power of Bashar had added a new dimension. Under his guidance, a ruling clique that was contemptuous of rural classes decisively shifted economic planning and devel­ opment towards urban areas, under the professed pretext of reforming the economy. Private sector and foreign investment, especially in tourism, real estate, services, banking and industry, flowed into cities.

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