By Adeed Dawisha
Like an excellent dynasty that falls to destroy and is ultimately remembered extra for its faults than its feats, Arab nationalism is remembered in most cases for its humiliating rout within the 1967 Six Day battle, for inter-Arab divisions, and for phrases and activities special 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 booklet, 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 by means of nineteenth-century German Romantic nationalism--really took root after international struggle I and never within the 19th century, as many think, and that it blossomed in basic terms within the Nineteen Fifties and 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 positive ascendancy within the overdue Fifties with the team spirit of Egypt and Syria and with the nationalist revolution of Iraq, to the mortal blow it got within the 1967 Arab defeat by way of Israel, and its eventual eclipse. Dawisha criticizes the typical failure to tell apart among the wider, cultural phenomenon of "Arabism" and the political, secular wish for a united Arab nation that outlined Arab nationalism. In fresh a long time aggressive ideologies--not least, Islamic militancy--have inexorably supplanted the latter, he contends.
Dawisha, who grew up in Iraq in the course of the heyday of Arab nationalism, infuses his paintings with infrequent own perception and striking old breadth. as well as Western assets, he attracts on an extraordinary wealth of Arab political memoirs and reviews to inform the attention-grabbing tale of 1 of the main colourful and demanding classes of the modern Arab international. In doing so, he additionally offers us the ability to extra absolutely comprehend developments within the area today.
Complete with a hard-hitting new and multiplied part that surveys fresh nationalism and occasions within the center East, Arab Nationalism within the 20th Century tells the attention-grabbing tale of 1 of the main colourful and demanding classes in twentieth-century heart japanese history.
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Arab Nationalism in the Twentieth Century: From Triumph to Despair by Adeed Dawisha