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Fezzes in the River: Identity Politics and European Diplomacy in the Middle East on the Eve of World War II

Sarah D. Shields


When the young Republic of Turkey claimed the Sanjak of Alexandretta in 1936, France resisted, insisting that the province was part of the French mandate for Syria. The contest over territory pitted Turkey and her irredentist claims against both the French colonial regime and the government of Syria that was engaging in its own efforts to construct a political community that conformed to European notions of nationalism. The League of Nations was called in to broker an agreement between the contending parties that would be consistent with the spirit of the ideology of self-determination. But se ... More

Keywords: Syria, Turkey, League of Nations, irredentism, Alexandretta, mandates, self-determination, nationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195393316
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393316.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah D. Shields, author
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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