By Fred H. Lawson
This e-book explores the emergence of an anarchic states-system within the twentieth-century Arab international. Following the cave in of the Ottoman Empire, Arab nationalist events first thought of developing a unified neighborhood association to take the empire's position and current a typical entrance to open air powers. yet through the years varied Arab leaderships deserted this venture and in its place followed regulations attribute of self-interested, territorially constrained states. In his rationalization of this phenomenon, the writer shifts cognizance clear of older debates concerning the origins and improvement of Arab nationalism and analyzes as a substitute how diversified nationalist leaderships replaced the ways in which they carried on diplomatic and strategic kin. He situates this shift within the context of influential sociological theories of kingdom formation, whereas exhibiting how hard work activities and different kinds of renowned mobilization formed the origins of the neighborhood states-system.
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When this was proclaimed, Transjordan expressed its desire to be annexed to Syria or to annex Syria to it. I approved this for the sake of unity and the security of the homeland. ’ ”103 It exhibited considerably less enthusiasm for the idea of a league of sovereign states. Prime Minister Tawﬁq Abu al-Huda remarked to the Syrians during the course of the deliberations that even if such a league were to come into existence, “there was nothing to prevent Syria and Transjordan from uniting. 105 When it became clear that this mandate would receive little more than lip service, the leadership in `Amman lost interest in the proceedings.
121 Paradoxically, the 1948 war buttressed the Transjordanian government’s disinclination to recognize the territorial boundaries that divided the Arab world. The nationalist leadership in `Amman did its best to strengthen the joint military committee that the Arab League set up in October 1947, and persistently resisted Syrian and Lebanese eﬀorts to convince the League to authorize the deployment of each Arab country’s regular army along its own border with mandatory Palestine. 125 Transjordan’s leaders elicited little sympathy for Greater Syria among the military oﬃcers who seized power in Damascus in March 1949.
74 The Turkish Grand National Assembly’s unexpected decision in March 1924 to abolish the Caliphate forced the Destour to reconsider its position vis-à-vis the Turkish nationalist movement. 75 Nevertheless, local nationalists started to narrow their conception of Tunisian interests in the years after the First World War to focus on matters of concern to Tunisia proper, as distinct from issues that faced the broader Islamic community. ’ Sheikh al-Tha`alibi smiled and replied: ‘My son, this is a policy which my colleagues had accepted as a tactical move.