The Levant mandates and Charles de Gaulle's provisional government: power, culture and messages of imperial reform

Chin, R. (2018) The Levant mandates and Charles de Gaulle's provisional government: power, culture and messages of imperial reform. European Review of History: Revue europeenne d'histoire, 25(2), pp. 312-329. (doi: 10.1080/13507486.2017.1409701)

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Abstract

This article examines the idea of French power at the close of the Second World War through the lens of empire. It does so specifically through an analysis of France’s role in Syria and its decision to bombard the Syrian capital of Damascus in late May 1945. It uses rhetoric as a primary means of teasing out the complex power negotiations and representations that were being played out among the French Provisional Government, local nationalist groups in the Levant and the British leadership both in the Levant and London. Drawing on public statements, press and censorship tactics and documents produced from official policy discussions, it illustrates how each of these groups attempted to frame itself as the legitimate representative of Syrian and Lebanese interests.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Chin, Dr Rachel
Authors: Chin, R.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DC France
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:European Review of History: Revue europeenne d'histoire
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:1350-7486
ISSN (Online):1469-8293
Published Online:27 February 2018

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