The History of Syria
by John A. Shoup
October 2018, 219pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5834-5
$70, £54, 61€, A96
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Syria is home to two of the oldest civilizations in the world, dating back several millennia. How has it succumbed to political conflict, violence and unrest, and a raging civil war?

Syria is a country in turmoil, making headlines almost daily with news about its violent civil war and refugee crisis.

This one-volume addition to the Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations series focuses on the events in the history of Syria from ancient times to the present, allowing readers to place current events within the context of the country’s history.

Following the series format, the book opens with a timeline of key events in Syria’s history. An introductory chapter provides a broad overview of life in Syria today. Chronologically arranged chapters follow, beginning with Prehistory to the Byzantine Period. The latter half of the volume focuses on the modern historic events that have occurred since World War II. A glossary of terms, an appendix of notable people, and an annotated bibliography round out the work, making it an ideal resource for high school students, undergraduates, and other general readers who are looking for an introductory text on Syrian history.


  • Includes a timeline of significant events, providing students with an at-a-glance overview of Syria's history
  • Provides readers with an appendix of Notable People in the History of Syria that has brief biographies of those who have made important contributions to the country's history
  • Presents photos and maps to provide additional context and support the text
  • Offers an annotated bibliography with detailed information on resources for further research
John A. Shoup is professor of anthropology at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco. He is author of numerous ABC-CLIO and Greenwood books, including Culture and Customs of Syria and The Nile: An Encyclopedia of Geography, History, and Culture . He has conducted field work in Lesotho, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and, most recently, in Mauritania on topics related to pastoralism, the impact of tourism on local communities, traditional land use systems, and popular culture.


" excellent introduction to Syrian history, and provides the tools needed for further research. Recommended as supplementary material for high school and introductory college-level courses. Also recommended for general readers wishing to get an introduction in Syrian history."—ARBA, February 4, 2019

"Part of the Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations series, this volume is very timely, given the ongoing and devastating civil war afflicting Syria...The author is to be commended for his diligent research..."—Choice, April 1, 2019

The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations

Every school and public library should update its resources with these engagingly written and succinct narrative histories of the world’s nations covering prehistoric times through today. Based on the most recent scholarship, each history provides a chronological narrative examining the political, cultural, philosophical, and religious continuities in the featured nation’s long, rich history in an exploration of how its people came to be who they are today. Each volume includes a chronological narrative history, a timeline of events, biographical sketches of key figures, a glossary, and a bibliographic essay.
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