A Modern History of Jordan

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I.B.Tauris, 31 груд. 1998 р. - 298 стор.
Few states in the modern world have had a less promising birth than Jordan. When in 1921 the Hashemite Emir Abdallah was recognized as the ruler of this romantic backwater of the former Ottoman Empire, it was sparsely populated, extremely poor, and widely regarded as ungovernable. Today against all the odds, Jordan has become one of the most prosperous and stable of Middle Eastern countries and a major player in the region's politics. In this political history, Kamal Salibi attempts to explain how this transformation was achieved. The book traces the story of modern Jordan from its origins in the Arab revolt at the end of World War I and the political success of the astute and colourful founder of its ruling dynasty. It includes a detailed examination of the far-reaching implications for Jordan of the Palestinian tragedy and a constantly tense relationship with neighbouring Israel and it shows how King Hussein, the longest surviving ruler in the contemporary Middle East, has guided the country through these difficult times to introduce democracy in 1988.
 

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Preface
1
The Land and its Story
3
The Stone which the Builders Refused
30
The Dynastic Background
50
The Founder
73
Putting the Country Together
92
Abdullah and the Palestinians
120
A Kingdom at a Price
144
Learning the Game of Nations
168
The Difficult Years
197
Two Sovereignties in Conflict
222
A Stone for the Corner
243
Bibliography
277
Index
279
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Kamal Salibi is Professor of History at the American University Of Beirut and is the author of many books on the Middle East.

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