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Beirut

Author: Samir Kassir
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Beirut is a tour de force that takes the reader from the ancient to the modern world, offering a dazzling panorama of the city's Seleucid, Roman, Arab, Ottoman, and French incarnations. Kassir vividly describes Beirut's spectacular growth in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, concentrating on its emergence after the Second World War as a cosmopolitan capital until its near destruction during the devastating  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Samir Kassir
ISBN: 9780520256682 0520256689 9780520271265 0520271262
OCLC Number: 436221307
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Notes: Originally published: Paris : Fayard, ©2003, under title Histoire de Beyrouth.
Description: xxvi, 627 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The eyes of the mind --
From the ancient to the modern world. Beirut before Beirut --
The great transformation --
The Ibrahim Pasha era --
The roads from Damascus --
A window on Ottoman modernity --
The awakening. A cultural revolution --
Between Boston and Rome --
The horizon of the world --
Uncertain identities --
The capital of the mandate. France broadens its mission --
The French city --
Grand-Liban and Petite Paris --
A crucible for independence --
The cosmopolitan metropolis of the Arabs. The Switzerland of the East --
Beirut, male and female --
The pleasures of the world --
Éochard's lost wagers --
The city of every danger. On the knife's edge --
The end of innocence --
Beirut, o Beirut! --
To be or to have been.
Other Titles: Histoire de Beyrouth.
Responsibility: Samir Kassir ; translated by M.B. DeBevoise ; foreword by Robert Fisk.

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Tells of the story of Beirut, a city that has stood at the crossroads of Mediterranean civilization for more than four thousand years. This title takes the reader from the ancient to the modern  Read more...

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"An evocative portrait of a great but tragic metropolis." -- Gilbert Taylor Booklist "A significant and important book for anyone with an interest in the city and its ongoing troubles, the Middle Read more...

 
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