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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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Arab Nationalism’s Downward Slide, 1958–1967

Arab Nationalism’s Downward Slide, 1958–1967

(p.214) Chapter Nine Arab Nationalism’s Downward Slide, 1958–1967
Arab Nationalism in the Twentieth Century

Adeed Dawisha

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses Arab nationalism’s downward slide. The Syrians had imagined the United Arab Republic (UAR) as a union of equals under the leadership of Gamal ‘Abd al-Nasir. However, Syria had little choice but to follow in Egypt’s shadow, and to do things the way Egyptians did them. This created backlash from the Syrian business and army circles, resulting in the Syrian coup and the end of the UAR. Momentous as it was, the Syrian secession did not mean the end of the Arab nationalist movement. However, Arab nationalism still did suffer a very serious setback. If Iraq’s refusal to join the UAR was the first dent in Arab nationalism’s seemingly impregnable armor, the dissolution of the UAR was a significant fracture.

Keywords:   Arab nationalism, Syria, United Arab Republic, Egypt, Gamal ‘Abd al-Nasir, Syrian coup, Syrian secession, Arab nationalist movement

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