- Lebanese nationalism
Lebanese nationalism (or sometimes Maronite nationalism) is a
nationalisticideology that considers the Lebanese people, particularly Maronites, a distinguished nation independent from the Arabnation. It considers Lebanese sometimes a Phoenicianand sometimes a Syriacpeople.
This ideology has its roots in the 19th century sectarian wars in
Mount Lebanonbetween the Maronites and Druze. It took its formalized form during the inter-war periodand the French Mandate of Syria, when it served primarily as a tool in opposing Arab nationalismand in justifying the existence of the nascent country of Lebanon.
During the 20th century and the
Lebanese Civil War, Lebanese nationalism was associated with the Kataeb Party.
* [http://www.lcps-lebanon.org/pub/breview/br6/salembr6pt1.html Salem, Paul "Notes on the Question of Lebanese Nationalism"]
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