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Coexistence in Wartime Lebanon: Decline of a State and Rise of a Nation

Coexistence in Wartime Lebanon: Decline of a State and Rise of a Nation
Theodor Hanf

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For fifteen years, Lebanon's disparate confessional groups waged a bloody and protracted civil war. Still today, power-sharing between Sunni, Shi'i, Christian and Druze groups is a precarious balance, greatly affected by and in turn affecting events across the Middle East. But even during times of conflict, Lebanon's communities have managed a modicum of coexistence: agreeing on the importance of maintaining the Lebanese state and sharing the fear of being the player left standing in a macabre game of musical chairs. Tracing the origins of the civil war, Theodor Hanf shows that it was primarily a surrogate war over Palestine which escalated into a conflict between the diverse Lebanese communities. Hanf's central theme is the problem of conflict and conflict regulation between these groups, a theme which continues to have resonance over two decades since the end of the civil war. This highly influential book - now available in a paperback edition - delves into vital issues, such as how conflicts were peacefully regulated before the war, and how the country came to be a battlefield for proxy wars and analyses the prospects for permanent coexistence.

Author Info

Theodor Hanf is Visiting Professor of Political Studies at the American University of Beirut and Honorary Professor of Political Science at the University of Freiburg.


‘One of the best books to be written about the Lebanese conflict.’
Karl Sharro

‘This massive work is an important scholarly contribution to our knowledge of Lebanon and its war.’
International Journal of Middle East Studies

‘Theodor Hanf brings a deep understanding of Lebanon … If you want to read only one book on Lebanon, this is it.’
Nadim Shehadi, Director, Fares Centre, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781848857155
Publication Date: 18 Dec 2014
Number of Pages: 736
Height: 234
Width: 156

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