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- DescriptionThe early years of Syrian-US relations can be described as hopes dashed, hopes revived. Although American missionaries had visited the Middle East in the nineteenth century, it was t until after World War I that Syrian and US dignitaries met in an official capacity. The relationship had its ups-and-downs: warm under Woodrow Wilson; virtually n-existent under Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge; revived under Franklin Roosevelt when Syria sided with the Allies to declare war on Nazi Germany. In the aftermath of World War II the relationship took a new turn, as the US was accused of involvement in the series of coups and counter-coups that rocked the young republic from 1949 until the ill-fated Syrian-Egyptian union of 1958. Engagement and the right to self-determination were the rule of the game in the post-Wilson era, but this quickly transformed into espionage and covert activity during the Cold War when the US saw Syria as a Soviet proxy in the Middle East. In the forty years between 1919 and 1959, envoys from the White House, along with presidential candidates from both the Republican and Democratic parties, Secretaries of State, and US celebrities like Elear Roosevelt and Helen Keller all came to Damascus and reported - in many different ways - their observations. Featuring original research and previously unpublished material, this book will be essential reading for scholars of the Middle East and US Diplomatic History and twentieth-century International Relations.
- Author BiographySami Moubayed is a Syrian University professor, historian, and editor-in-chief of Forward magazine. He is an author of numerous books on modern Syria, including Steel and Silk: Men and Women Who Shaped Syria (Cune Press, 2005). His articles on the Modern Middle East appear weekly in The Huffington Post, Gulf News, and Asia Times. Moubayed studied at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and currently teaches at the Faculty of International Relations at the University of Kalamoon in Syria. He is co-founder of the Centre for Syrian Studies at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and of www.syrianhistory.com, the first and only online Syrian museum.
- Author(s)Sami Moubayed
- PublisherI.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.
- Date of Publication07/02/2012
- SubjectInternational Relations
- Series TitleLibrary of International Relations
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 56
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note10 bw integrated illustrations
- Weight544 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine28 mm
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