By Adeed Dawisha
Like an outstanding dynasty that falls to damage 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 conflict, for inter-Arab divisions, and for phrases and activities extraordinary by means of their meagerness. yet humans are inclined to overlook the majesty that Arab nationalism as soon as used to be. during this elegantly narrated and richly documented publication, Adeed Dawisha brings this majesty to existence via a sweeping ancient account of its dramatic upward thrust and fall.
Dawisha argues that Arab nationalism--which, he says, was once encouraged through nineteenth-century German Romantic nationalism--really took root after global warfare I and never within the 19th century, as many think, and that it blossomed basically within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties below the charismatic management of Egypt's Gamal 'Abd al-Nasir. He strains the ideology's passage from the cave in of the Ottoman Empire via its victorious ascendancy within the overdue Fifties with the harmony of Egypt and Syria and with the nationalist revolution of Iraq, to the mortal blow it acquired within the 1967 Arab defeat via Israel, and its eventual eclipse. Dawisha criticizes the typical failure to differentiate among the wider, cultural phenomenon of "Arabism" and the political, secular wish for a united Arab nation that outlined Arab nationalism. In contemporary a long time aggressive ideologies--not least, Islamic militancy--have inexorably supplanted the latter, he contends.
Dawisha, who grew up in Iraq throughout the heyday of Arab nationalism, infuses his paintings with infrequent own perception and amazing old breadth. as well as Western assets, he attracts on an unparalleled wealth of Arab political memoirs and experiences to inform the interesting tale of 1 of the main colourful and important sessions of the modern Arab global. In doing so, he additionally supplies us the ability to extra totally comprehend developments within the area today.
Complete with a hard-hitting new and multiplied part that surveys contemporary nationalism and occasions within the heart East, Arab Nationalism within the 20th Century tells the attention-grabbing tale of 1 of the main colourful and important classes in twentieth-century heart jap history.
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Arab Nationalism in the Twentieth Century: From Triumph to Despair by Adeed Dawisha