Syria: A Short History
|Syria: A Short History (1959)
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|Published 1959; copyright not renewed.|
PHILIP K. HITTI
Professor Emeritus of Semitic Literature on the
William and Annie S. Paton Foundation
THE MACMILLAN COMPANY
Ever since the publication of History of Syria including Lebanon and Palestine (1951) the author has entertained the hope of compressing it into a small volume, minus footnotes and other critical apparatus, which would appeal to a wider and more varied audience. It would bear the same relation to the larger volume that the author's The Arabs: A Short History bears to History of the Arabs. But the present heightened interest in Syria and the Syrians and the curiosity aroused about what is happening there, together with its setting and background, called for immediate action which I found myself unable to undertake because of prior commitments. Hence I sought and received the co-operation of my former pupil and colleague, Harry W. Hazard. Dr. Hazard has produced a work worthy of his scholarship and, we trust, adequately satisfying to the needs of the student and the intelligent layman. Three of the maps were newly sketched by him.
The last chapter in the larger volume, dealing with the contemporary scene, has been expanded by the author into four chapters.
P. K. H.
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|THE LAND AND CLIMATE||5|
|THE ANCIENT SEMITES||31|
|THE HELLENISTIC AGE||54|
|ROMANS AND SEMITES||72|
|BYZANTINES AND ARABS||96|
|THE GLORY THAT WAS DAMASCUS||119|
|LIFE UNDER THE UMAYYADS||138|
|UNDER FATIMIDS AND SELJUKS||168|
|AYYUBIDS AND MAMLUKS||200|
|INTELLECTUAL AND NATIONALIST STIRRINGS||228|
|WAR, OPPRESSION AND PESTILENCE||237|
|UNDER THE FRENCH MANDATE||242|
|LIST OF MAPS
|TOPOGRAPHICAL MAP OF SYRIA||7|
|CRUSADER STATES OF SYRIA AND LEBANON||180|
|SYRIA AND LEBANON ON THE EVE OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR||245|
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Works published in 1959 would have had to renew their copyright in either 1986 or 1987, i.e. at least 27 years after it was first published / registered but not later than 31 Decemberin the 28th year. As it was not renewed, it entered the public domain on 1 January 1988 .