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Damascus

Author: Gérard Degeorge
Publisher: Paris : Flammarion : Distributed in North America by Rizzoli, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : English-language edView all editions and formats
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"Weaving together aspects of history, sociology, religion, and law, Degeorge presents a unique perspective on the sights and monuments, allowing the reader a global view and a tangible sense of the successive civilizations in order to understand their mysteries. In the introduction, the natural history and geography of the region are explored-- elements crucial for a deeper understanding of Damascus's place on the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Degeorge, Gérard, 1947-
Damascus.
Paris : Flammarion : Distributed in North America by Rizzoli, ©2004
(OCoLC)647400553
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gérard Degeorge
ISBN: 2080304569 9782080304568
OCLC Number: 57166721
Description: 320 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 32 cm
Contents: From Neolithic village to imperial capital --
The centuries of darkness. Fatimids, Crusaders, Mongols --
Government by the Turks --
Damascus, provincial capital of the Ottoman empire --
The end of the Ottoman empire and the pangs of "westernization."
Other Titles: Damas, perle et reine d'Orient.
Responsibility: Gérard Degeorge ; [translated from the French by David Radzinowicz].
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"Weaving together aspects of history, sociology, religion, and law, Degeorge presents a unique perspective on the sights and monuments, allowing the reader a global view and a tangible sense of the successive civilizations in order to understand their mysteries. In the introduction, the natural history and geography of the region are explored-- elements crucial for a deeper understanding of Damascus's place on the world map and its situation on the major commercial routes. Relations with the West (the Greek and Roman empires, the Crusades, and French Imperialism) are broadly addressed, both in the acts and deeds of the people, as well as the perspective of Western travelers, businessmen, and political figures. Degeorge also includes the impressions and observations of nearby residents of the Mahgreb, Syria, and other members of the Orient, departing from the uniquely ethnocentric point of view that often dominates studies of the region."

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