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Arab Nationalism in the Twentieth CenturyFrom Triumph to Despair$
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Adeed Dawisha

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691169156

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691169156.001.0001

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Requiem for Arab Nationalism

Requiem for Arab Nationalism

(p.314) Chapter Twelve Requiem for Arab Nationalism
Arab Nationalism in the Twentieth Century

Adeed Dawisha

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter assesses the legacy of Arab nationalism. It is difficult not to lament the passing of Arab nationalism, particularly when bringing contemporary Arab maladies under scrutiny. With all of its faults and shortcomings, the many achievements of Arab nationalism were undeniable: it led the struggle for independence from the outsider. Under its umbrella, Arab states took determined steps toward social and economic modernity. It also bestowed on the Arabs a sense of dignity after years of colonial humiliation. Moreover, it endowed the nationalist generation of the era with an abiding belief in an inevitable future of progress and success. Nevertheless, Arab nationalism was hardly free of blame when it came to instigating conflict. However, the Cold War then could hardly be compared with the Arab condition of the twenty-first century, characterized as it has been by disintegrating states, wholesale human rights abuses, seemingly irreparable fissures in the fabric of society, and pervasive unbridled barbarism.

Keywords:   Arab nationalism, Arab states, social modernity, economic modernity, nationalist generation

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