Chad Kohalyk's Reviews > Syria: A History of the Last Hundred Years

Syria by John McHugo
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it was ok
bookshelves: history-politics, syria-related

A competent overview of the major stages in Syrian history since the Great War. My greatest takeaway was the complex relationship with bordering nations. Syrian history is less about what Syria has done, than what was done to Syria. This explains why there seems to be so little scholarship on Syria itself. The bibliography in this book is a little thin. It is certainly a regional story.

The main criticism I have about this book is its organization. McHugo simply lays out one event after another. Sure, this transmits lots of information, but not a lot of insight. I would have liked to see more analysis like his last (short) chapter.

This serves as a nice 100 level into Syrian history. Now to turn to more books about specific people and relationships.
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Reading Progress

November 29, 2015 – Shelved
December 13, 2015 – Started Reading
December 13, 2015 –
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December 15, 2015 –
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December 20, 2015 –
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December 20, 2015 –
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December 23, 2015 –
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December 26, 2015 –
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74.06%
December 27, 2015 – Finished Reading

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