Warlords and Merchants

Warlords and Merchants examines the history of the Lebanese warlord/business establishment and illuminates local attitudes, which have often seemed baffling to the outside world.

Dib Kamil, Warlords and Merchants: The Lebanese Business and Political Establishment, Ithaca Press, 2004.

The book provides a close-up study of Lebanese leaders and the business class, and a seminal illustration of and insight into the resistance of local cultures and small countries such as Lebanon to the juggernaut of globalization. Based on first-hand observations and knowledge of Lebanese history, economy, language and culture, the author deals here with important issues that vex Lebanon today – sectarianism, traditional leadership, outdated business practices, an archaic economic structure and a deep sense of historical grievances.

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