Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire
Published: Tuesday, September 14, 2004
by James Gelvin, UCLA Department of History
In Divided Loyalties, Gelvin examines a defining moment in the history of nationalism in the Arab Middle East--the two-year interval between the end of Ottoman rule and the imposition of French Mandatory control over Syria. Whereas earlier scholars of nationalism in the Arab Middle East focused on the ideas and activities of a narrow elite, Gelvin draws on a variety of hitherto untapped sources and applies innovative methodological strategies to recover the overlooked world of popular politics. In the process, he offers a new framework for understanding the origins, diffusion, and characteristics of nationalism in the region and beyond.