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American sheikhs : two families, four generations, and the story of America's influence in the Middle East

Author: Brian VanDeMark
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Documents the founding and history of the American University of Beirut, alma mater to many of the biggest minds in Middle Eastern politics, focusing on the efforts of two dueling families to build a greater school than the other.
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Daniel Bliss; Bayard Dodge; Daniel Bliss; Bayard Dodge; Daniel Bliss; Bayard Dodge
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian VanDeMark
ISBN: 9781616144760 1616144769 9781616144777 1616144777
OCLC Number: 726821373
Description: 252 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue : sailing to Beirut --
Daniel Bliss and American mission --
America encounters the Middle East --
Tradition versus modernity in the Middle East --
Howard Bliss and American nationalism --
America confronts great power politics in the Middle East --
Bayard Dodge and American idealism --
America in the postwar Middle East --
David Dodge and American frustration --
America in the contemporary Middle East --
Appendix : prominent living AUB alumni.
Responsibility: Brian VanDeMark.

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Documents the founding and history of the American University of Beirut, alma mater to many of the biggest minds in Middle Eastern politics, focusing on the efforts of two dueling families to build a greater school than the other.

"In 1866, American missionaries founded a small college in Beirut, Lebanon, called the Syrian Protestant College. Later renamed the American University of Beirut, what began as a humble missionary school grew to become the most influential institution of higher education in the Middle East. Originally created by Reverend Daniel Bliss with the financial backing of businessman William E. Dodge, the AUB, under the leadership of four generations of the Bliss and Dodge families, became the preeminent symbol of American culture and values in the Middle East. Author Brian VanDeMark's vivid narrative not only includes the colorful history of the AUB and many memorable episodes in a dual family saga but also pursues larger and more important themes. In the story of the efforts of these two families to build a great school with alternating audacity, arrogance, generosity, paternalism, and vision, the author clearly sees an allegory for the larger history of the United States in the Middle East."--Jacket.

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