The Great Syrian Revolt / Edition 1

The Great Syrian Revolt / Edition 1

by Michael Provence
     
 

ISBN-10: 0292706804

ISBN-13: 9780292706804

Pub. Date: 07/01/2005

Publisher: University of Texas Press

The Great Syrian Revolt of 1925 was the largest and longest-lasting anti-colonial insurgency in the inter-war Arab East. Mobilizing peasants, workers, and army veterans, rather than urban elites and nationalist intellectuals, it was the first mass movement against colonial rule in the Middle East. The revolt failed to liberate Syria from French occupation, but it

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The Great Syrian Revolt of 1925 was the largest and longest-lasting anti-colonial insurgency in the inter-war Arab East. Mobilizing peasants, workers, and army veterans, rather than urban elites and nationalist intellectuals, it was the first mass movement against colonial rule in the Middle East. The revolt failed to liberate Syria from French occupation, but it provided a model of popular nationalism and resistance that remains potent in the Middle East today. Each subsequent Arab uprising against foreign rule has repeated the language and tactics of the Great Syrian Revolt.

In this work, Michael Provence uses newly released secret colonial intelligence sources, neglected memoirs, and popular memory to tell the story of the revolt from the perspective of its participants. He shows how Ottoman-subsidized military education created a generation of leaders of modest background who came to rebel against both the French Mandate rulers of Syria and the Syrian intellectuals and landowners who helped the colonial regime to function. This new popular nationalism was unprecedented in the Arab world. Provence shows compellingly that the Great Syrian Revolt was a formative event in shaping the modern Middle East.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292706804
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
07/01/2005
Series:
Modern Middle East Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
228
Sales rank:
955,126
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Transliteration
1. Introduction
Greater Syria and Ottoman Rule
Ottoman Reform
The Great Syrian Revolt
Contrasting Narratives
Theorizing Insurgent and National Consciousness
Sources
2. The Hawrân Frontier
Settling the Frontier
Rural Autonomy and Commercial Integration
Assimilating the Countryside: Education and the Army
The Arab Revolt and the Hawrân Druze
3. Mobilizing the Mountain
Claiming the Mandate
Governing Jabal Hawrân
Organizing for Resistance
4. Mobilizing the City
Damascus
The People's Party
Making Contact with the Countryside
Hawrân Peace Negotiations
5. The Spread of Rebellion
Urban Agitation
Rebellion in Hamâh
Rebellion in Damascus
6. The Politics of Rebellion
Insurgents in the Countryside of Damascus
Elite Politics and Mandate Counterinsurgency
Military Suppression and Mandate Counterinsurgency
Debating Rebellion
7. Epilogue and Conclusions
Epilogue
Conclusions
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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