Culture, Military History, And Weather Effects On The Culture

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As we currently stand on the brink of war in Syria, it is imperative that we as a country understand our chances and possible outcomes of such a war. Syria resides in the breadbasket of human civilization, and has a rich, diverse, and historical culture. To win a war you must fully understand the operational environment. The focus of this paper will be on the different people, organizations, and groups found in this diverse country. To assist in that objective, this paper will attempt to define the complex culture, geography, military history, and weather effects on the culture. With the complexity of Syria’s culture, we could write a ten-page paper on culture alone, and still be wanting. Culture is defined as “the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place or time” (Culture, n.d.). This paper will discuss only a few aspects of culture that will help paint a cultural picture. Syria’s complex make-up of different groups and organizations are broken down by two aspects, ethnicity and religion.
First, we will look at the history and ethnic relations. The nation state now known as Syria can be traced all the way back to 2700 B.C.E. It was part of a conglomerate known as Sham, consisting of modern day Jordan, Israel, and Lebanon (Culture of Syria, n.d.). This land was bloodied by every empirical superpower in civilized history, including Romans, Persians, Greek, and The Ottoman Empire. The Turkish Ottoman Empire took control of this…

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