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Today’s Syria

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Disciplines
KeywordsTriple Keywords
Annals
History
Populations, Human
Population growth
Population
Human populations
Human population
Identity, National
Nationalism
National consciousness
Consciousness, National
National identity
Geography
Social theory
Sociology
Economics
Political economy
Economic theory
Political power
Empowerment (Social sciences)
Power (Social sciences)
Science, Political
Government
Politics
Political science
Political theory
Administration
Commonwealth, The
Civil government
Political thought
Mass political behavior
Practical politics
Political behavior
Electoral politics
Politics, Practical
Theater
Histrionics
Professional theater
Theatre
Dramatics
Stage
Evolution

Abstract

Despite the centuries-old relations between France and the Levant, and although during the Mandate period the destinations for France and Syria were linked, the recent history of Syria was for a long time overlooked by French research. However, the country occupies a more prominent position in the Arab world than its population numbers or economic resources would suggest. Its geographical position, its long historical history, the quality and permanence of its cultural tradition have made it one of the poles of Arab nationalism, and has sometimes played a very heavy role in the events in the Middle East today. Thanks, in particular, to the French Institute of Arab Studies in Damascus and the National Centre for Scientific Research, many researchers are now working on contemporary Syria and have helped to raise awareness of it through work that is relevant to the main fields of research, geography, history, sociology, economics, politics. The Centre d’Etudes et de Recherche sur l’Orient Arabe Contemporain d’Aix-en-Provence, whose activity covers the whole of the Arab Middle East, took the initiative to prepare this collective book with the help of some of these researchers. Specialists in Syria sought to highlight the fundamental factors that explain Syria’s current development, the characteristics of its political, economic and social options (Ba’thist socialism, planned development) and its role in the Arab world and in contemporary politics.

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