By Adeed Dawisha
Like a very good dynasty that falls to destroy and is ultimately remembered extra for its faults than its feats, Arab nationalism is remembered regularly for its humiliating rout within the 1967 Six Day struggle, for inter-Arab divisions, and for phrases and activities unique via their meagerness. yet humans are inclined to omit the majesty that Arab nationalism as soon as was once. during this elegantly narrated and richly documented publication, Adeed Dawisha brings this majesty to lifestyles via a sweeping ancient account of its dramatic upward thrust and fall.
Dawisha argues that Arab nationalism--which, he says, was once encouraged via nineteenth-century German Romantic nationalism--really took root after global struggle I and never within the 19th century, as many think, and that it blossomed in simple terms within the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties less than the charismatic management of Egypt's Gamal 'Abd al-Nasir. He lines the ideology's passage from the cave in of the Ottoman Empire via its successful ascendancy within the past due Fifties with the team spirit of Egypt and Syria and with the nationalist revolution of Iraq, to the mortal blow it acquired within the 1967 Arab defeat by means of Israel, and its eventual eclipse. Dawisha criticizes the typical failure to differentiate among the wider, cultural phenomenon of "Arabism" and the political, secular hope for a united Arab kingdom that outlined Arab nationalism. In contemporary many years aggressive ideologies--not least, Islamic militancy--have inexorably supplanted the latter, he contends.
Dawisha, who grew up in Iraq through the heyday of Arab nationalism, infuses his paintings with infrequent own perception and amazing historic breadth. as well as Western resources, he attracts on an exceptional wealth of Arab political memoirs and stories to inform the interesting tale of 1 of the main colourful and demanding sessions of the modern Arab international. In doing so, he additionally supplies us the capability to extra absolutely comprehend tendencies within the quarter today.
Complete with a hard-hitting new and extended part that surveys contemporary nationalism and occasions within the heart East, Arab Nationalism within the 20th Century tells the interesting tale of 1 of the main colourful and demanding sessions in twentieth-century heart jap history.
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Arab Nationalism in the Twentieth Century: From Triumph to Despair by Adeed Dawisha