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The region eventually was ruled by the Ottoman Empire from 1516 to 1918.Following the collapse of the empire after World War I, the five provinces that constitute modern Lebanon came under the French Mandate of Lebanon.
The new faith gained followers in the southern portion of Mount Lebanon.
Before the Lebanese Civil War (1975–1990), the country experienced a period of relative calm and renowned prosperity, driven by tourism, agriculture, commerce, and banking.
The borders of contemporary Lebanon are a product of the Treaty of Sèvres of 1920.
It is bordered by Syria to the north and east and Israel to the south, while Cyprus is west across the Mediterranean Sea.
Lebanon's location at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Basin and the Arabian hinterland facilitated its rich history and shaped a cultural identity of religious and ethnic diversity.
During the Crusades, the Maronites re-established contact with the Roman Catholic Church and asserted their communion with Rome.