Soviet Penetration and Growth in Syria During the Late 1950's

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Soviet penetration of Syria arguably grew to its peak in the late 1950's and the early 1960's, although it would persist throughout the 70's and the U.S.S.R.'s existence. There are a couple of highly eminent events which took place that allowed the Soviet presence to gain the degree of salience that it did during the aforementioned epoch. The first of which was the ending of World War II, which effectively decimated virtually every other competing world power aside from the United States and Russia (which swiftly formed the Soviet Union to foster the spread of global communism). More importantly, the cessation of the so-called Suez Crisis, which largely resulted in Britain and France's colonial decline in Egypt and throughout the Middle East in general, heralded an end of traditional Western domination in the area. From this pivotal event arose a zeitgeist in which Arab nationalism was widely championed most dominantly, perhaps, in Egypt and Syria and in parts of the Middle East in which it was not overtly heralded, it was acknowledged and respected as a means of enabling independent Middle Eastern regimes. The Soviet Union's ability then to support both Egypt and Syria in attempts to broaden the emerging sentiment of Arab nationalism allowed it to play a considerable role in the political and even economic vitality of this region during this particular time period. Prior to explaining how these aforementioned events related to Soviet involvement in the Middle East, it is
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