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Colonial Citizens: Republican Rights, Paternal Privilege, and Gender in French Syria and Lebanon

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French rule in Syria and Lebanon coincided with the rise of colonial resistance around the world and with profound social trauma after World War I. In this tightly argued study, Elizabeth Thompson shows how Syrians and Lebanese mobilized, like other colonized peoples, to claim the terms of citizenship enjoyed in the European metropole. The negotiations between the French a ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published December 24th 1999 by Columbia University Press (first published January 15th 1999)
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Superb history of Syria and Lebanon. Thompson explains how the French occupying force denied self-determination after WWI and used alliances with male religious elites to cement control over the mandates of Syria and Lebanon. Three protest movements coalesced in the form of women's rights, socialist and communist laborers, and Salafist Islamists (a populist group, compared to the conservative elites allied with the French). Thompson shows how gender permeated the colonial regimes. Women had trou ...more
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This book breaks down the division between the categories of “colonizer” and “colonized” in the French Mandates of Syria and Lebanon. In its place, Thompson emphasizes the fluidity of the relationship between all numbers of colonial and colonized classes, sects, genders and subalterns in the vortex of what she terms the "civic order" – the discursive “space” in which various factions of the colonized and the colonizer renegotiated their positions, rights, and responsibilities. Colonization was n ...more
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This one was loaned to me by a friend who studies women's history. It did not disappoint.

Although I have done a bit of reading on colonialism, it's mostly been British and also not really 20th century mandates and things. And I do very little work on gender or paternalism or anything like that. But, I am very interested in the interwar years, and in the context of what's currently happening in Syria. So yeah, it took me some time, but I read it. Though I probably should have prepped with some g
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written by my advisor at uva. it hurts to say it but the book is really awesome.
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Brilliant work. I am considering this as a good model for my dissertation now.
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