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Recent Content

Query: sources on Syrian employees of the French Mandate

            For a conference paper I am preparing, I am looking for citations for (published) primary and secondary sources on Syro-Lebanese employees of the French Mandate in Syria and Lebanon.  I realize that the principal archival sources on this topic are in the MAE archives at Nantes, but unfortunately I will be unable to go there before I need to complete the paper.  Nevertheless, if anyone can point me to the correct fonds to investigate when I do have occasion to go, I’d appreciate help with that as well.

LECTURES on Orientalism: Collecting and Display of the Arts of the Islamic World


The last four sessions of this semester in a year-long lecture series on the Collecting and Display of the Arts of the Islamic World will concentrate on the enormous interest in Islamic art that developed in France, England, and rest of Europe in the 19th century.

World War I on H-Net

H-Net is pleased to announce the launch of the World War I Crossroads, a collaboration between editors and networks on the Commons dedicated to the scholarly study and discussion of World War I and the centennial commemoration of the conflict. This new Crossroads network will produce original content, facilitate initiatives on the conflict across multiple H-Net Networks, and highlight World War I postings from anywhere on the H-Net Commons.