The Politics of Frustration - The Failed Coup of 1961
By Adel Beshara
Routledge – 2004 – 240 pages
Lebanon examines the ideological, political and social underpinnings of the attempted coup against General Chihab's government in Lebanon in 1961. The author analyzes the role of the Syrian Socialist Nationalist Party, the history of the army in Lebanon and it role in Lebanese politics and the impact of the coup on Lebanese political life. This book provides an extraordinary insight into the mechanisms of military coups in the Arab world and will be of interest to students and researchers of the history and politics of the Middle East.
Introduction 1. The Coup d'Etat in Theory and Practice 2. A Legacy of Frustration: SSNP-Lebanese State Relations, 1932-1958 3. Escalating Frustration: SSNP-Lebanese State Relations under Chehab 4. Military Frustration: The Lebanese Military under Chehab 5. Political Frustration: The Lebanese Polity under Chehab 6. The 1961 Coup Attempt Against Chehab: A Reconstruction 7. The Effects of the Coup Attempt on Lebanon 8. The Effects of the Coup Attempt on the SSNP and the Military Conspirators Conclusion
Adel Beshara studied Economics at La Trobe University and Political Science at the University of Melbourne. He received his Ph.D in History in 2002 from the University of Melbourne where he is also a teacher and a Fellow of the Department of History. His previous publications include Syrian Nationalism: An Inquiry in to the Political Thought of Antun Sa'adeh (1995), and several articles in leading journals on the Middle East.