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- DescriptionCelebrated for its ancient water wheels, the town of Hama is located on Syria's longest river, the Orontes. Ottoman Hama was a stopover on the major rth-south road of Syria as well as the center of a local ecomic zone of its own. Intertwined social networks linked townspeople to the peasants and pastoral mads of Hama's hinterland. By the early twentieth century a few elite and table families had come to dominate the political and ecomic life of Hama and its outlying villages, setting the stage for the city's dramatic entry into Syrian national life during the French Mandate and post-colonial periods. Based principally on local judicial archives, this book is a social history of Hama during the last two centuries of Ottoman rule. It examines the social and ecomic structures that defined people's lives and that conditioned their participation in the historical changes of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Dramatis personae include men and women, commoners and tables, merchants and artisans, and others who, taken together, represent a cross-section of a Middle Eastern society as they entered the world of global markets, European empires, and modern states.
- Author BiographyThe Author: James A. Reilly is an associate professor at the University of Toronto, where he teaches courses on modern Middle Eastern history in the Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations.
- Author(s)James A. Reilly
- PublisherVerlag Peter Lang
- Date of Publication30/04/2002
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationPieterlen
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintVerlag Peter Lang
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- Weight240 g
- Width150 mm
- Height220 mm
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