How it all began; the confidence game; talking geography; rose among the thorns; the Maronite record; the imagined principality; the mountain refuge; Ottoman Lebanon - how unique?; Phoenicia resurrected; trial and error; the war over Lebanese history; a house of many mansions.
Lebanon is one of the world's most divided countries, yet the Lebanese have never shown a keener consciousness of common identity. Kamal S. Salibi examines the historical myths on which his country's warring communities have based their conflicting visions of the Lebanese nation.
Kamal Salibi was born in Beirut in 1929. He studies in Beirut and London and is currently Professor of History at the American University of Beirut. He has published many articles, among his books are The Modern History of Lebanon and Crossroads to Civil War.