Syria

An Outline History

John D. Grainger

 
Date Published :
May 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781473860810
Pages : 384
Dimensions : 9.21 X 6.14 inches
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$49.95

Overview
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Syria (which in its historical wider sense includes modern Syria, Lebanon, Israel/Palestine and Jordan) has always been at the center of events of world importance. It was in this region that pastoral-stock rearing, settled agriculture and alphabetic writing were invented (and the dog domesticated). From Syria, Phoenician explorers set out to explore the whole Mediterranean region and sailed round Africa 2,000 years before Vasco de Gama. These are achievements enough but the succeeding centuries offer a rich tapestry of turbulent change, a cycle of repeated conquest, unification, rebellion and division.

John D Grainger gives a sweeping overview (though replete with telling details) of the making of this historical region. From the end of the ice age through the procession of Assyrian, Phoenician, Persian, Greek, Roman, Arab, Turkish, French and British attempts to dominate this area, the key events and influences are clearly explained and analyzed. The events playing out on our TV screens over recent years are put in the context of 12,000 years of history.

About The Author
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John D. Grainger is a former teacher turned professional historian. He has over thirty books to his name, divided between classical history and modern British political and military history. His previous books for Pen & Sword are Hellenistic and Roman Naval Wars; Wars of the Maccabees; Traditional Enemies: Britain’s War with Vichy France 1940-42; Roman Conquests: Egypt and Judaea; Rome, Parthia and India: The Violent Emergence of a New World Order: 150-140 BC; a three-volume history of the Seleukid Empire and British Campaigns in the South Atlantic 1805-1807.

REVIEWS
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"This accessible yet detailed introduction for general readers, students, and scholars chronicles the history of Syria and its place in the region’s history and development, from the Ice Age to the present. The book’s introduction explains issues of naming and boundaries of Syria, outlines geographical elements, and then delves into political divisions and social and religious forces over history."

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