By Nadine Meouchy, Professor Peter Sluglett

This assortment represents the 1st huge scale try and speak about the center japanese mandates as a totality. It compares the applying and results of this very particular kind of past due colonialism from numerous varied disciplinary views, together with anthropology, structure, archival conservation, economics, background, legislations and sociology. It includes analyses at either micro and macro degrees, together with particular circumstances of rebel or collaboration, reports of specific contributors, teams and their contributions to "nation-building," comparisons among a few of the political and cultural rules of the required powers, and the formation and perform of "le savoir colonial" by way of modern ethnographers, officers, physicians and lecturers. the amount might be of curiosity to historians of imperialism and of the 20th century heart East.

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In order to preserve their influence, France and Britain were obliged to construct at least the façades of independent administrations, of which the Iraqi state was probably the most developed example. The self-proclaimed pragmatism of the two imperial powers largely defined the political and judicial frameworks which they put in place. Gérard Khoury’s paper describes how strong personalities such as Robert de Caix and Louis Massignon, while advocating radically different policies, could each exercise a decisive influence over important aspects of the application of the French mandate.

Les élites locales coopérèrent avec les autorités coloniales en créant des musées pour exposer les « histoires nationales ». A propos de l’architecture de Beyrouth, Robert Saliba éclaire la dynamique de l’interaction entre des influences extérieures (d’abord ottomanes puis françaises) et l’absence d’une identité culturelle partagée; cette interaction produit ce que l’auteur nomme « l’éclectisme provincial » de l’architecture de la capitale libanaise. L’examen du rôle du prestige national durant les Mandats éclaire également la production d’un savoir assigné à justifier la revendication de légitimité des puissances et à magnifier la tutelle.

In the last years of the mandate, they came closer to the centre of decision-making, and eventually took charge of the technical administration of the independent states. In general, based on the principle of administrative continuity, once they had been set up, the technical services of the state functioned with a degree of autonomy from politics, and could work effectively towards the construction or administration of the state. Another group of local professionals, closely linked to the development of professional education, administration, the development of commercial and industrial activities, and the organisation of the modern economy, were the accountants.

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