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Author White, Benjamin Thomas,
Title The emergence of minorities in the Middle East : the politics and community in French Mandate Syria / Benjamin Thomas White.
Imprint Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2011]

Author White, Benjamin Thomas,
Subject Minorities -- Syria -- 20th century.
National characteristics, Syrian.
Ethnicity -- Syria -- 20th century.
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 239 pages) : illustrations, maps
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-231) and index.
Contents Minorities, majorities and the nation-state -- 'Minorites' and the French mandate -- Separatism and autonomism -- The border and the Kurds -- The Franco-Syrian treaty and the definition of 'minorities' -- Personal status law reform -- Conclusion: minorities, majorities and the writing of history.
Note Print version record.
Summary Why, in the years around 1920, did the concept of 'minority' suddenly spring to prominence in public affairs worldwide? Within a decade of World War One, the term became fundamental to public and academic understandings of national and international politics, law, and society: 'minorities', and 'majorities' with them, were taken to be an objective reality, both in the present and the past. This book uses a study of Syria under the French mandate to show what historical developments led people to start describing themselves and others as 'minorities'. Despite French attempts to create territorial, political, and legal divisions, the mandate period saw the consolidation of the nation-state form in Syria: a trend towards a coherent national territory with fixed borders, uniform state authority within them, and the struggle to control that state played out in the language of nationalism - developments in the post-Ottoman Levant that closely paralleled those in contemporary Europe, after the demise of the Austro-Hungarian and tsarist empires. Through close attention to what changed in French mandate Syria, and what those changes meant, the book argues for a careful rethinking of a term too often used as an objective description of reality.
ISBN 9780748647552 (PDF)
0748647554 (PDF)
9780748688937 (ePub)
0748688935 (ePub)
9780748641871 (hardback)
0748641874 (hardback)
9780748685400 (paperback)
0748685405 (paperback)
ISBN/ISSN 9786613252807
OCLC # 755008636
Additional Format Print version: White, Benjamin Thomas. Emergence of minorities in the Middle East. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2011 0748641874 (OCoLC)701470761

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