The Emergence of Minorities in the Middle East: The Politics of Community in French Mandate Syria by Benjamin Thomas WhiteThe Emergence of Minorities in the Middle East: The Politics of Community in French Mandate Syria by Benjamin Thomas White

The Emergence of Minorities in the Middle East: The Politics of Community in French Mandate Syria

byBenjamin Thomas White

Paperback | September 11, 2012

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Shows which historical developments led people to start describing themselves and others as 'minorities'Through close attention to what changed in French-mandate Syria, and what those changes entailed, Benjamin White argues for a careful reappraisal of the term 'minority'. Within a few yearsof World War I, the term had become fundamental to public understandings of national and international politics, law and society. Minorities (and majorities) were taken to be an objective reality, both in the present and the past. In Syria, the mandate period saw the consolidation of the nation-state form, despite French attempts to create territorial, political and legal divisions. There was a trend towards a coherent national territory with fixed borders and uniform state authority within them, while the struggle to controlthe state was played out in the language of nationalism - developments in the post-Ottoman Levant that closely paralleled events in Europe at the same time, following 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.
Benjamin Thomas White is Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Birmingham.
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Title:The Emergence of Minorities in the Middle East: The Politics of Community in French Mandate SyriaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.59 inPublished:September 11, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0748685405

ISBN - 13:9780748685400

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