Book reviews

Civil War in Syria: Mobilization and Competing Social Orders by Baczko, Dorronsoro & Quesnay (Cambridge University Press, 2018) in The Middle East Journal (fall 2018)

“Love is like war,” Lebanese novelist Jabbour Douaihy once wrote. “We only know how it starts, and nobody knows how it will end.”1 Historical sociologists would retort that we don’t even know that much: Prediction is impossible; and trying to work out the beginning is as good as it gets.

More than a straightforward description of its origins, Adam Backzo, Gilles Dorronsoro, and Arthur Quesnay’s book, Civil War in Syria, is an ambitious attempt to clarify the mechanisms that drove the start of the Syria conflict and to explain the specific military and civilian trajectories subsequently undertaken during the civil war. [More]