The Story of Syria
176pp • 135x210mm •
Publication: January 2017
An authoritative history of modern Syria bringing us right up to the present day.
Today Syria is in desperate turmoil - an unfathomable tragedy for anyone who has has followed the aspirations and dreams high civilised and educated people over the past century.
Written by a distinguished British-Syrian diplomat and journalist, this impressive tour d'horizons of Syria's history sweeps through to the current day in a highly informed and engaging narrative that makes this book essential reading for anyone wanting to undestand the situation today.
"Armanazi, whose ancestors took part in the struggle for independence and civilian governance, provides a brief and reliable account of Syria from Neolithic times to the present. His writing helps to explain how the country went from the optimism of 1920, when it established an independent monarchy for a few months, to 2011, when the country devoured itself in fratricidal bloodletting encouraged and financed by outsiders.
Charles Glass on The Intercept
"Armanazi uses his position of particular privilege to provide not just an interesting collection of early photos − one of which shows Syrian women demonstrating in the 1950s − but a surprisingly candid account of how his country became ‘Assad’s Syria’....He unravels the unique Hafez al-Assad methodology, essential to understanding how the Syrian state has survived nearly seven years of war."
Diana Darke - Chatham House review
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About the Author:
Ghayth Armanazi studied at the American University of Beirut (AUB), the University of Colorado in the US and at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), before embarking on a career which would see him combine diplomatic postings (the Arab League and the UAE embassy in London) with outspoken writing on current affairs. Through the course of the 1990s we was Head of the London Mission of the League of Arab States and In 2006/7 he headed the Syrian Media Centre in London.
Today Ghayth continues to consult and write articles on the current situation in the Middle East for both the Arab and Western press and makes frequent appearances in the broadcast media.