Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Dec 17, 1998 - History - 335 pages
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James L. Gelvin brings a new and distinctive perspective to the perennially fascinating topic of nationalism in the Arab Middle East. Unlike previous historians who have focused on the activities and ideas of a small group of elites, Gelvin details the role played by non-elites in nationalist politics during the early part of the twentieth century. Drawing from previously untapped sources, he documents the appearance of a new form of political organization the popular committee that sprang up in cities and villages throughout greater Syria in the immediate aftermath of the First World War. These committees empowered a new type of nationalist leadership, made nationalist politics a mass phenomenon for the first time, and articulated a view of nation and nationalism that continues to inform the politics of the region today. Gelvin does more than recount an episode in the history of nationalism in the Arab Middle East. His examination of leaflets, graffiti, speeches, rumors, and editorials offers fresh insights into the symbolic construction of national communities. His analysis of ceremonies national celebrations, demonstrations, theater contributes to our understanding of the emergence of mass politics. By situating his study within a broader historical context, Gelvin has written a book that will be of interest to all who wish to understand nationalism in the region and beyond.
  

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Contents

From Patriotic Agitation to the Advent of Mass Politics
51
The Popular Committees
87
NATIONALIST COMMUNITIES OF DISCOURSE
139
The Symbolic Component of Rival Nationalist Discursive Fields
141
The Integrative and Prescriptive Powers of Rival Nationalist Discursive Fields
196
THE CEREMONIES OF NATIONALISMS
223
Mobilization from Above and the Invention of Traditions
225
Demonstrating Communities
260
Conclusions
287
Bibliography
299
Index
317
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James L. Gelvin is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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