This work traces the interaction between Arab nationalism and Lebanese local sentiments between 1936 and 1945, a period characterized by significant change at the international and local levels. It highlights the developments which affected the official position of Lebanese towards Arabism - a progression from initial scepticism to active involvement in founding the Arab regional system in the mid 1940s. Special attention is paid to the internal changes which led to the inclusion of the Arab nationalists of Lebanon in the political process, culminating in the so-called Lebanese National Pact and the independence of the country in 1943.
Raghid El-Solh is co-founder and co-Director of the Project for Democratic Studies in the Arab Countries and a member of the Governing Board and Research Committees at the Centre for Lebanese Studies, Oxford.
The treaties with France and the implications for Syria and Lebanon; the years of the treaty system; the outbreak of World War II and the dismantling of the treaty system; the Anglo-French condominium independent Lebanon and the bilateral talks on Arab unity; Lebanon and the League of Arab States.