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The Apex of Arab Nationalism: The United Arab Republic and the Iraqi Revolution, January–September 1958

Adeed Dawisha

in Arab Nationalism in the Twentieth Century

Published by Princeton University Press

Published in print February 2016 | ISBN: 9780691169156
Published online January 2018 | e-ISBN: 9781400880829
The Apex of Arab Nationalism: The United Arab Republic and the Iraqi Revolution, January–September 1958

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This chapter focuses on the United Arab Republic (UAR). The UAR, formed by the fusion of Egypt and Syria on February 1, 1958, came as a stunning surprise to most Arabs and non-Arabs. No one whose expectations were shaped by rational assessment could think that an organic unity between two Arab states was at all possible in such a short space of time. It was not the actual unity that was so surprising; Arab nationalists fervently believed in the eventual amalgamation of Arab countries. However, no one was prepared for the breathless pace at which events were to unfold. The chapter then looks at the Iraqi revolution, which was characterized by both General ‘Abd al-Karim Qasim and Colonel ‘Abd al-Salam ‘Aref as a crowning achievement of Arab nationalism.

Keywords: United Arab Republic; Egypt; Syria; Arab states; Arab nationalists; Iraqi revolution; Arab nationalism

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Subjects: Asian History

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