Religion and the States

Issue 621 - 05 Oct 1999
In the 19th Century the European Great Powers often intervened in the Middle East under the guise of religion. Whether it was the French “protecting” Maronites in Lebanon or the Russians supporting Orthodox communities, geopolitical expansionism dovetailed neatly with popular demands in metropolitan capitals to rescue coreligionists from the “depravities” of the Orient.

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