On numerous occasions religious diversity has eclipsed the sense of belonging to a common state.
When the civil war erupted in the mid-1970s, all formerly suppressed differences and incongruent loyalties emerged and came to dominate the political arena, fuel hatred, and provide an easy ground for outside powers to interfere in the country's affairs. Under the Ta'if agreement the civil war ended, the Christians lost some of their political power, and a new government of technocrats came into power with reconstruction highest on its agenda.
These ties persisted and grew stronger, especially in the eighteenth century, and were a major factor in the creation of the modern Lebanon.
After World War II, Lebanon was placed under French mandate.
In the medieval period, Christian minorities often helped the Crusaders.
The Lebanese prefer to hold public gatherings in open-air and historical locations. The Lebanese enjoy hummus (a chick pea dip), fool (a fava bean dip), and other bean dishes.
In the Hellenistic era Greek was introduced and spoken along with Aramaic.
Latin later became common, and finally the Arab invasion in the eighth century introduced and assured the hegemony of Arabic.
Lebanon has seen many invasions, which introduced new cultures and languages.
The Canaanites, the first known settlers in the country, spoke a Semitic language.