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Empire and State Formation: Contrary Tangents in Jordan and Syria

Raymond Hinnebusch

in Sovereignty After Empire

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748643042
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653270 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748643042.003.0012
Empire and State Formation: Contrary Tangents in Jordan and Syria

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Empire matters for post-imperial sovereignty and variations in imperial impact make for variations in post-colonial states. Indeed, the initial differential impacts of imperial experiences have put Middle East states on divergent pathways that have endured decades after independence. This chapter compares the cases of Syria and Jordan, showing how the era of Western empires set them on enduring differential tangents that resulted in quite divergent regimes and contrary foreign policy orientations that persist to this day.

Keywords: empire; post-imperial sovereignty; post-colonial states; Syria; Jordan; foreign policy

Chapter.  7678 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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