War, institutions, and social change in the Middle East


War, institutions, and social change in the Middle East

edited by Steven Heydemann

University of California Press, c2000

  • : pbk

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"This volume is the result of a project on war and social change in the Middle East, directed and sponsored by the Social Science Research Council, Joint Committee on the Near and Middle East"--T.p. verso

Bibliography: p. 335-356

Includes index



Few areas of the world have been as profoundly shaped by war as the Middle East in the 20th century. Despite the prominence of war-making in this region, there has been surprisingly little research investigating the effects of war as a social and political process in the Middle East. To fill this gap, this work brings together an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars who explore the role of war preparation and war-making on the formation and transformation of states and societies in the contemporary Middle East. Their findings pose significant challenges to widely accepted assumptions and present new theoretical starting points for the study of war and the state in the contemporary developing world. Heydemann's collaborators include political scientists, historians, anthropologists, and sociologists from the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Their essays are both theoretically sophisticated and empirically rich, covering topics such as the effects of World War II on state-market relations in Syria, and Egypt, the role of war in the rise of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, the political economy of Lebanese militias, and the effects of the 1967 war on

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