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Syrian intervention in Lebanon : the 1975-76 civil war /
Naomi Joy Weinberger.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1986.
description
xiii, 367 p. : maps.
ISBN
0195040104
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imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1986.
isbn
0195040104
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
4470253
 
Bibliography: p. [339]-348.
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Appeared in Choice on 1987-06:
A timely area study of the onset of the disintegration of Lebanon and the role played by Syria as an intervener in that process. It is fascinating because of the unusual characteristics of that intervention: a small state intervened; the intervening state switched sides; a transnational actor (the Palestine Liberation Organization) played a role; and a long-term occupation resulted. Following thorough historical and political analyses of both Syria and Lebanon, Weinberger (Yale) concentrates on the three phases of the Syrian intervention-a mediatory phase, indirect intervention, and direct military intervention. Next, she treats the relevant global and regional restraints. Comparisons are finally made with other interventions, such as Israel's 1982 intervention in Lebanon. Weinberger makes a solid case that Syria's failure to achieve its objectives in Lebanon ``should provide cautionary lessons for other small or great powers contemplating intervention.'' Compares favorably with Adeed Dawisha's Syria and the Lebanese Crisis (1980), but the latter remains the best single study of the intervention. A very useful work for both specialists and graduate students in the study of Levant politics. Excellent bibliography and index.-L.P. Fickett Jr., Mary Washington College
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"A masterful account....Among the best works of the past decade to appear on this subject....Deserves serious consideration by specialists and generalists alike."--Naval War College Review
"A masterful account....Among the best works of the past decade to appearon this subject....Deserves serious consideration by specialists and generalistsalike."--Naval War College Review
"A masterful account....Among the best works of the past decade to appear on this subject....Deserves serious consideration by specialists and generalists alike."--Naval War College Review "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
"A masterful account....Among the best works of the past decade to appear on this subject....Deserves serious consideration by specialists and generalists alike."-- Naval War College Review "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
"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
"A unique, comprehensive, and cogent analysis. It is the only study inEnglish I know of that deals comprehensively with the Syrian intervention inLebanon 1975-76, both factually and analytically."--Marius K. Deeb, GeorgetownUniversity
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Long Description
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 of the 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 and Lebanese 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.
Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Intervention In Civil Warsp. 1
Miscalculations by Intervenersp. 3
The Syrian Stake In Lebanonp. 29
Historical Bondsp. 31
Syria's Military Elitep. 61
Lebanese Confessionalismp. 82
Palestinian Transnational Linkagesp. 116
Intervention And Escalationp. 137
Mediatory Phasep. 139
Indirect Interventionp. 176
Regional And Global Constraintsp. 239
Inter-Arab Rivalriesp. 241
Superpowers on the Sidelinesp. 291
Implicationsp. 315
The Balance Sheetp. 317
Sources Consultedp. 339
Indexp. 349
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