Syria (Modern World Nations) by Douglas A. Phillips

By Douglas A. Phillips

In "Syria," research the storied historical past of this kingdom that is still a tremendous participant within the heart East and its politics.

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This devastating Arab defeat meant that more lands were lost to the Israelis. As a result of the war, the Suez Canal, a vital waterway linking the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, was closed for eight years. a neW unIon or noT? Egyptian and Syrian ties had long been strong in a bond of Arab unity that had existed for centuries. This idea was advanced even further by the invasion of the Sinai Peninsula and Israeli intrusion onto Arab lands. In 1958, elections were held in Egypt and Syria that proposed a union between the two countries.

Many Syrians reacted strongly against this treaty, but most chose to support France and the Allies as World War II broke out in 1939. Syria’s fortunes changed greatly in 1940 when France fell to Nazi Germany. The Germans set up a puppet government in France, which is referred to as Vichy France. A puppet government is controlled by an outside authority and may impose hardships upon those it governs. Germany controlled Vichy France, and therefore held control of Syria. This situation rapidly changed later in 1940 when the British and Free French forces took Syria and Lebanon back from the Germans.

It allows for the examination of those human elements or flavors that make societies similar in some ways and different in others. The foundation of Syrian culture is thousands of years old, but it is not unchanging. New elements are added, and influences have come from the many invaders and traders that came through the country in generations past. This means that the Romans, Ottoman 49 50 Syria Turks, Arabs, French, and many others have all left their fingerprints on the people and culture of Syria.

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