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

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This book combines a vast encyclopedic history of the war in Lebanon with a penetrating sociological analysis. Tracing the war to its origins, the author shows that it has been primarily a surrogate war over Palestine which escalated into a conflict between the diverse Lebanese communities, each afraid of being the player left standing in a macabre game of musical chairs. Hanf's central theme is the problem of conflict and conflict regulation between these groups. How were conflicts regulated peacefully before the war? How did the country come to be the battlefield of both a surrogate war and a civil war? How do the Lebanese view what has happened in their country? What are their aspirations and how do they conceive a realistic settlement? Is there any prospect of re-establishing coexistence between different elements of Lebanese society? The author sets out to answer these and other important questions using a wide range of literature as well as his own extensive research in the country. He writes optimistically, suggesting that although fear can breed a vicious circle of hatred and violence, it can also produce reason and compromise.

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Theodor Hanf is Director of the Arnold Bergstrasser Institute for Social Research in Freiburg, Research Professor at the German Institute for International Educational Research in Frankfurt, and Honorary Professor of Political Science at the University of Freiburg.

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'This massive work is an important scholarly contribution to our knowledge of Lebanon and its war. The book is a product of years of labour, and the author's tremendous knowledge is effectively woven into the narrative.' International Journal of Middle East Studies One of the best books to be written about theLebanese conflict.' Karl Sharro '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

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