mostraligabue
» » Beware of Small States: Lebanon, Battleground of the Middle East

ePub Beware of Small States: Lebanon, Battleground of the Middle East download

by David Hirst

ePub Beware of Small States: Lebanon, Battleground of the Middle East download
Author:
David Hirst
ISBN13:
978-1568586571
ISBN:
1568586574
Language:
Publisher:
Nation Books; First Trade Paper Edition edition (March 8, 2011)
Category:
Subcategory:
Middle East
ePub file:
1745 kb
Fb2 file:
1948 kb
Other formats:
txt mbr txt azw
Rating:
4.5
Votes:
953

David Hirst was for many years the Middle East correspondent of the Guardian

David Hirst was for many years the Middle East correspondent of the Guardian. His seminal book on the Arab-Israeli conflict, The Gun and the Olive Branch, has been in print for thirty years.

David Hirst was for many years the Middle Eastern correspondent of The Guardian. He has been banned from six Arab countries and kidnapped twice in the course of his distinguished career.

Beware of Small States' wrote Mikhail Bukanin in 1870. He could have meant Lebanon: a sectarian state no bigger than Wales that has become battleground for one of the defining conflicts of twentieth-century history. Throughout its short existence, it has been attacked, invaded, occupied or interfered with to serve the political interests of foreign powers, resulting a series of devastating wars and crises. Beware of Small States' wrote Mikhail Bukanin in 1870.

Beware of Small States is a history of the Arab-Israeli conflict as seen through the prism of its impact on the internal development of neighbouring Arab states, particularly tiny, fragile Lebanon, the sectarian state par excellence and historic battleground for other peoples'.

Beware of Small States is a history of the Arab-Israeli conflict as seen through the prism of its impact on the internal development of neighbouring Arab states, particularly tiny, fragile Lebanon, the sectarian state par excellence and historic battleground for other peoples' conflicts. As a long- term Middle East correspondent of the Guardian, few people are as well qualified as David Hirst to write it. He deals well with the complex historical relations between early Israeli leaders and the "pro-Zionist" Maronite Christians who dominated the neighbouring state.

David Hirst (born 1936) is a Middle East correspondent based in Beirut. Beware of Small States: Lebanon, Battleground of the Middle East (2010). ISBN 978-0-571-23741-8. He attended Rugby School from 1949 to 1954 and performed his national service in Egypt and Cyprus from 1954 to 1956. From 1956 to 1963, he studied at Oxford University and the American University of Beirut. He reported for The Guardian from 1963 to 1997 and has also written for The Christian Science Monitor, The Irish Times, the St. Petersburg Times in Florida, Newsday, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Daily Star in Lebanon.

Beware of Small States book. David Hirst-a former Middle East correspondent for The Guardian, whose tough, skeptical voice has earned him death threats and seen him banned from six Arab countries-crafts a narrative that is essential for anyone wishing to understand the current political climate of the Middle East.

Beware of Small States purports to be a "definitive history of Lebanon. Actually, it's a (mostly) definitive history of the role Lebanon has played as both a pawn and an agent in the ongoing battles between Arabs, Israelis, and Iranians, making the case for Lebanon as linchpin rather than little guy in the peace (or war) process. A former longtime Middle East correspondent for The Guardian, Hirst has lived in Lebanon for 50 years, reported extensively on the region, was kidnapped twice, and has been thrown out of a half-dozen Arab countries because of his work. The Book, In His Words. This book didn't start out as a history of the Arab-Israeli struggle.

David Hirst’s Beware of Small States demonstrates the disastrous effect of these deficits on Lebanon’s recent history. its collapse into civil war in the 1970s; Israel’s invasion in 1982; the rise of Hizbullah, with Iranian support; the ascendancy of fundamentalist Islam; and the attempt to redraw the map of the Middle East to make Israel the cornerstone of a peaceful region. Israel’s role in Lebanon features prominently in Hirst’s narrative. He acknowledges that this book did not start out as a history of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

A definitive history of Lebanon, from one of the region's most celebrated and controversial journalists.

Full recovery of all data can take up to 2 weeks! So we came to the decision at this time to double the download limits for all users until the problem is completely resolved. Thanks for your understanding! Progress: 9. 8% restored. A definitive history of Lebanon, from one of the region's most celebrated and controversial journalists.

In this magisterial history of Lebanon, from the end of Ottoman rule to the Hezbollah and Hamas wars of today, acclaimed and fiercely independent Middle East journalist and historian David Hirst charts the interplay between a uniquely complex country and the broader struggles of th. .

In this magisterial history of Lebanon, from the end of Ottoman rule to the Hezbollah and Hamas wars of today, acclaimed and fiercely independent Middle East journalist and historian David Hirst charts the interplay between a uniquely complex country and the broader struggles of the modern Middle East attleground on which the region's greater states pursue their strategic, political, and ideological conflicts-conflicts that sometimes escalate into full-scale proxy wars. Hirst warns that only serious diplomatic action from the Obama administration can prevent the next.

In this magisterial history of Lebanon, from the end of Ottoman rule to the Hezbollah and Hamas wars of today, acclaimed and fiercely independent Middle East journalist and historian David Hirst charts the interplay between a uniquely complex country and the broader struggles of the modern Middle East. Lebanon is the battleground on which the region's greater states pursue their strategic, political, and ideological conflicts--conflicts that sometimes escalate into full-scale proxy wars. Hirst warns that only serious diplomatic action from the Obama administration can prevent the next such action from engulfing the entire region.
  • Not enough Lebanon.

  • Still able to learn, I am enjoying this book, "Beware of Small States:Lebanon, Battleground of the Middle East" because it makes some sense of the tribal, political,religious, familial spaghetti bowl that has bothered the middle east for lo, these many centuries. It clearly points out why politicians can never negotiate PEACE amongst these humans. You should read it if the popular press leaves you confused about recent history of this ongoing conflict. The inability to find that peace leaves us all losers. Damn!

    Thanks, Amazon for making it available. Hope that I can move it to my new Big Fire ;-)

  • This book, in any future survey of lebanon, will be a seminal read for the historical context of the not only Lebanon, but the Levant of the MiddleEast. It is a beautifully researched subject by the author and complete in its historical scope. I have read a few reviews commenting on the books critique of Isreal, and I all I can say about that is much of the posturing and context isreal is put in this book is done by either the words and memoirs of isreali's themselves or from declassified documents from isrealis Gov't or military achives, so any criticisms could hardly be the fault of the authors, nor should it be a reflection upon the historical rigor of the book.

  • the best historical review of a country and a region that there is in print-a must read for those who want to know more about Lebanon

  • Although I had a small part in researching this book by translating one of the source books, I had no idea how amazing the final book would become. This is a must-read for anyone who really is interested in understanding the background to the mess which continues to haunt us. There is plenty of blame to go around, but we here in the US seldom get enough of the real picture to make sound judgements--this goes for our various governments of all shadings. Thanks, David Hirst, for this valuable contribution.

  • At first I was unsure how Hirst could top his heroic Gun and Olive Branch:Roots of Violence in the Middle East...thinking that for 3 decades, with updates and a long desired comprehensive collection of all three editions in one, published in 2003, with a new 50,000 word forward, which brought the reader from the late 1980s (2nd edition) to the present decade-- the period leading up to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, including insight into evangelistic Christian Zionism and their enmeshment --(concept of Zion and return for Jews)....the exclusion of the narrative of indigenous amended ...and events which led up to the British (who were in a "partitioning state of mind" across their Empire at that point in time)....Partitioning of Syria-Palestine-Transjordan-Levant along with the French as 'spoils" from their defeat (which would never have been possible in all likelihood, except for the unified power of the Arab clans from Hijaz and across the Arab world at the time )...conniving and treachery dealt via betrayal against the Arabs who longed for independence.
    Here, in Hirst's latest opus...he picks up from that period...carefully documented presenting the reader with events and players within the Levant prior to 1919 Paris Peace conference --replete with Weizmann quotes and forward.
    It must be read... an absolutely essential comprehensive "BIG PICTURE" epic history, in the same way that David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" did. .the era & series of events and schemes and epic historical narrative that will open minds & rip veils from the eyes of those who remain uninformed --whether as a result of inadequate public education in north america as well as the infinitely well oiled & funded propaganda machines that have driven North American ignorance for more than a century..
    There is no question that this author is the "Laureate of M/E history"....not merely the Dean, as Hirst has long been considered. Put aside all current readings on the region...clear the decks...and desks, kindles, laptops but make time for this retrospective historical accounting, as no other will enrich, inform, educate and awaken. Brilliantly researched using regional archives and beyond. READ THIS BOOK...give it as a gift to family, associates and friends....Many Blessings to David Hirst for providing readers with blue print and text to finally arrive at this comprehensive beautifully written book, which hands Obama administration an unsparing review of what could lie ahead without the strictest adherence to the lessons of the past... & to Nation Press for publishing this stunner. Bravo!!

  • I have not finished this book, but the first chapter I read was concise and in-depth. This is a relatively new subject of scrutiny for me, so I am unable to say whether the information is accurate, but it ties in very well with what I know and understand already. Lebanon is an intricate, complex country ad the book does a good job of explaining its history, origins and current gestalt. I highly recommend it.

  • So much going on in our world. So little we know as truth. Okay, getting a little political here so I'll stop. Educate yourselves.