Advertisement Close

Events

Book Launch--Between the Ottomans and the Entente: The First World War in the Syrian and Lebanese Diaspora with Stacy Fahrenthold

By: | posted on: Sep 12, 2019

Date/Time
Date(s) - 09/12/2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

0
Add This to Your Calendar

Categories

Cost:
USD
Contact Person:

Email:

Website:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSecftU1cZEtwO1s8-KwzDFgHP9lF7MDMjJ5jvAuzZw5T3tl5A/viewform
Phone:

Organization:


WASHINGTON DC
In this talk, Stacy Fahrenthold examines the politics of Syrian and Lebanese migration around the period of the First World War. Some half-million Arab migrants, nearly all still subjects of the Ottoman Empire, lived in a diaspora concentrated in Brazil, Argentina, and the United States. They faced new demands for their political loyalty from Istanbul, which commanded them to resist European colonialism. From the Western hemisphere, Syrian migrants grappled with political suspicion, travel restriction, and outward displays of support for the war against the Ottomans. From these diasporic communities, Syrians used their ethnic associations, commercial networks, and global press to oppose Ottoman rule, collaborating with the Entente powers because they believed this war work would bolster the cause of Syria’s liberation. Between the Ottomans and the Entente shows how these communities in North and South America became a geopolitical frontier between the Young Turk Revolution and the early French Mandate. It examines how empires at war-from the Ottomans to the French-embraced and claimed Syrian migrants as part of the state-building process in the Middle East. In doing so, they transformed this diaspora into an epicenter for Arab nationalist politics
Map Unavailable