Home to one of the most ancient civilizations that predates nearly all of the rest of the world, Syria once spread from the Red Sea north to Turkey and east to Mesopotamia. Ancient Syrians made great contributions to the world, including the cuneiform alphabet, which is written in the familiar order that we use today. Nevertheless, modern Syria can be perplexing. It has been accused of supporting terrorist activity and having a poor record on human rights. At the same time, President Bashar al-Assad and his administration have been in charge of an anti-corruption drive and have held diplomatic talks with former opposition, representing the hopeful beginning of an end to Syria's long political isolation from the West. This book looks at a society located at the continental crossroads and will unravel the mysteries of present-day Syria and its controversial standing in the world.

Written by experienced geographers, each volume in the Modern World Nations series offers a comprehensive overview of the people, geography, history, government, economy, and culture that make each of our world's countries unique.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604136173
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Series: Modern World Nations Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

1 Introducing Syria 8

2 Physical Landscapes 14

3 Syria's Ancient Past 22

4 Syria Enters Modern Times 31

5 People and Culture 49

6 Government and Politics 67

7 Syria's Economy 77

8 Living in Syria Today 91

9 Syria Looks Ahead 101

Facts at a Glance 109

History at a Glance 112

Bibliography 115

Further Reading 116

Index 119

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