Syria's descent into civil war has already claimed an estimated 200,000 lives while more than nine million people have fled their homes.
This is now the greatest humanitarian and political crisis of the twenty-first century.
In this timely account, John McHugo charts the history of Syria from the First World War to the present and considers why Syria's foundations as a nation have proved so fragile.
He examines the country's thwarted attempts at independence under French rule before turning to more recent events: religious and sectarian tensions that have riven Syria, the pressures of international conflicts, two generations of rule by the Assads and the rise of ISIS.
As the conflict in Syria rages on, McHugo provides a rare and authoritative guide to a complex nation that demands our attention.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages, 5 maps
- Publisher: Saqi Books
- Publication Date: 02/03/2015
- Category: Middle Eastern history
- ISBN: 9780863561603