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In Search of Greater Syria

The History and Politics of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party
  • By Christopher G. Soloman
$136.79
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The Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) is one of the most enigmatic and active political forces in the Middle East. For observers in the West, the SSNP is regarded as a far-right organization, subservient to the Baathist government of President Bashar al-Assad, which dictates its activities from Damascus. But the complicated history of the SSNP and its obtuse ideology of Pan-Syrianism has meant the party has been overlooked and forgotten by the daily output of news, analysis, studies and policy recommendations. Very little academic scholarship has been dedicated to understanding its origins, identity and influence.

Addressing the need for scholarship on the SSNP, this book is a political history from the party's foundation in 1932 to today. A comprehensive and objective study on the little known nationalist group, it also discusses the SSNP's future when Assad's term ends in 2021. The author uses interviews from current members to gain insights into its everyday activities, goals, social interstices and nuances. Given the SSNP's history of violence, their own persecution, influence on other secular parties in the region, and their impact in Syria and Lebanon's politics, the book's analysis sheds light on the party's rise to power, potential role in a future Syria and its impact on the region more widely. The SSNP is rapidly gaining popularity among regime supporters in Syria, and whatever the political developments on the ground, it will almost certainly be involved. This book is essential reading for those wanting to understand the SSNP, its power and prospects.

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9781838606404
    • Manufacturer: I B Tauris
    • ISBN 13: 9781838606404
    • Publication Date: 04/01/2021
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Author: Christopher G. Soloman
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