Strange states: Free Lebanon State (1979 – 1984)

The story of the Lebanese Republic has largely been a tragic one.  This small state, wedged between Israel to the south and Syria to the east and north, has been time and time again walked all over by its far more powerful neighbors.  Lebanon’s ethnic and religious diversity has also been a cause of instability,… Read More Strange states: Free Lebanon State (1979 – 1984)

Propaganda vault: Weimar Republic (1919 – 1933)

All over the place, one can find mountains of old World War II propaganda created by the Nazi Party. However, the democratic Germany that preceded Nazi rule saw a far more diverse set of beliefs expressed through propaganda posters created by parties all over the political spectrum, from pro- to anti-democratic, and from communist to… Read More Propaganda vault: Weimar Republic (1919 – 1933)

Strange states: Russian Democratic Federative Republic (January 19, 1918)

We have covered very short-lived sovereign states here, but what is the shortest-lived state in human history? The answer to this question depends upon how one defines a sovereign state. There are at least two aspects of a state: the legal aspect, which deals with governmental decisions regarding statehood, and the social/cultural aspect, which deals… Read More Strange states: Russian Democratic Federative Republic (January 19, 1918)