Lebanon: History

  1. 1516-1918

    Lebanon is part of the Ottoman Empire.

  2. 1920

    The League of Nations grants France the mandates for Lebanon and Syria.

  3. 1944

    France transfers its power over Lebanon to the Lebanese government.

  4. 1975

    Civil war breaks out in the country and continues until late 1990.

  5. 2008

    Lebanon establishes diplomatic relations with Syria for first time since the 1940’s.

  6. 2009

    The “March 14” alliance wins parliamentary elections and is described as a pro-Western agreement.

  7. 2013

    The European Union declares Hezbollah (Shi'a Islamic group and political party based in Lebanon) a terrorist organization, making it illegal for anyone in Europe to back or fund the group.


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