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The Claims of Culture at Empire's End
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The Claims of Culture at Empire's End: Syria and Lebanon under French Rule

Jennifer M. Dueck

Abstract

This volume asks fundamental questions about the political impact of cultural institutions by exploring the power struggles for control over such institutions in Syria and Lebanon under French Mandate rule. Countering assertions of French imperial cultural ascendancy and self-confidence, the book demonstrates the diverse capacities of Arab and other local communities, to forge competing cultural identities that would, in later years, form the basis for rising political self-enfranchisement. Drawing on a wide array of written sources and oral testimonies, the book illuminates how political and ... More

Keywords: cultural institutions, Syria, Lebanon, cultural ascendancy, national identity, student societies, French colonialism, missionary congregations, philanthropic organizations, Jesuit missionaries

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780197264478
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264478.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer M. Dueck, author
British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford