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The 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 Synopsis

This book shows which historical developments led people to start describing themselves and others as 'minorities'. Why, in the years around 1920, did the concept of 'minority' suddenly become prominent in public affairs worldwide? Within a decade of World War One, the term became fundamental to public understandings of national and international politics, law, and society. Minorities (and majorities too) were taken to be an objective reality, both in the present and the past. Benjamin White uses a study of Syria under the French mandate to show what 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 meant, White argues for a careful reappraisal of a term too often used as an objective description of reality.

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

A must-read, not only for scholars of the Middle East, but also for the general public interested in placing contemporary events in general, and regional sectarian politics in particular, into the wider historical context. -- Melanie S. Tanielian, English Historical Review

Book Information

ISBN: 9780748685400
Publication date: 10th September 2012
Author: Benjamin Thomas White
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 256 pages
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About Benjamin Thomas White

Benjamin Thomas White is Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Birmingham.

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