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    Nov 16

    Key archival sources on in the inter-war period, which is known in the Arab east as the 'Mandates' period (Part 2). French Ministry of Foreign Affairs | Centre des Archives Diplomatiques de La Courneuve (the Diplomatic Archives Centre in La Courneuve), Paris.

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    Nov 16

    Key archival sources on in the inter-war period, which is known in the Arab east as the 'Mandates' period (Part 2). French Ministry of Foreign Affairs | Centre des Archives Diplomatiques de La Courneuve (the Diplomatic Archives Centre in La Courneuve), Paris.

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  3. Nov 16

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  4. Nov 16

    (15) Registration at the Centre is free and requires a photo ID. The 'reader's card' is valid at both La Courneuve and Nantes for a period of one year. Students may be asked to provide a proof of their research status, such as a letter from their academic supervisor.

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  5. Nov 16

    (14)...at La Courneuve, while the Vichy files is found in another catalogue covering documents left over by the Vichy government, which is also available at the Centre.

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  6. Nov 16

    (13)...cover the administration of Syria by the 'Comité français de Libération nationale' (French Committee of National Liberation, C.F.L.N.), established in Algeria in 1943. Details of the documents of the C.N.F. and the C.F.L.N. are joined in one catalogue available...

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  7. Nov 16

    (12)...in London by 'Free France', which took (nominal) control of Syria after the Allied victory against Vichy forces in July 1941. The third sub-series is titled: 'Alger C.F.L.N-G.P.R.F, June 1943-September 1944 | Levant'. The 30 volumes of documents found in this sub-series...

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  8. Nov 16

    (11) The second series is 'Londres C.N.F., June 1940-July 1943 | Politique Extérieure du C.N.F. | vol. 39-65: Syrie et Liban'. The volumes of this sub-series, 27 in total, contain documents from the 'Comité national français' (the French National Committee, CNF), formed...

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  9. Nov 16

    (10)...Turkey, Palestine, Transjordan, Iraq, Arabia, Yemen. There are two more sections titled: 'general affairs' and 'the Arab question'. The Syria and Lebanon section counts 108 volumes and covers Vichy rule in Syria, which lasted a little over a year, from 1940 until 1941.

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  10. Nov 16

    (9) For the period, there are three sub-series to consult. The first is 'Vichy, 1940-1944 | Sous-Série E | Vichy-Levant'. It contains 169 volumes and is subdivided geographically into the following sections: Countries under French Mandate (Syria and Lebanon)...

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  11. Nov 16

    (8)...various economic activities, religious and judiciary affairs, and archaeological missions. The volumes also contain relevant information on the negotiations that led to the 1936 Franco-Syrian Treaty and the 1939 annexation of Syria's 'Sandjak of Alexandretta' by Turkey.

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  12. Nov 16

    (7)...operations France undertook in Syria, especially during the Great Syrian Revolt (1925-1927), and issues relating to the political organisation and administration of Syria. The Série Levant also covers diverse topics such public works, customs, health, education, finance...

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    (6)...Nantes Diplomatic Archives, which will be discussed in a future thread. The volumes found at La Courneuve cover a wide variety of issues, including the internal politics of Syria and Lebanon, the regional situation surrounding the territories under mandate, the military...

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  14. Nov 16

    (5) These documents are indispensable to any study of the mandate period, especially if one is looking at the 'high politics' of the French mandate rather than the more local inter-workings of the mandate authorities in Syria. Documents on the latter are found at...

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  15. Nov 16

    (4) The second part covers years from 1930 until 1940. The 'Série E | Levant' contains more than two decades of correspondence between the French High Commission in Syria and Lebanon and the Department of Commercial and Political Affairs at the French Foreign Ministry in Paris.

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  16. Nov 16

    (3) The Syria and Lebanon files count 677 volumes divided into two parts. The first covers the years from 1918 until 1929 and is in turn into two subsections: the first covering from May 1918 until June 1922, and the second from July 1922 until December 1929.

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  17. Nov 16

    (2) The first collection is the 'Série E | Levant'. This series contains 1360 volumes covering the period from 1918 until 1940 and is subdivided geographically into the following sections: Arabia/Hijaz, Mesopotamia/Iraq, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon, and Turkey.

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  18. Nov 16

    (1) The Diplomatic Archives Centre in La Courneuve, Paris, is one of a number of sites where the archives of the French ministry of foreign affairs are stored. The centre is home to four key collections of documents on French mandate Syria (one full series and three sub-series).

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  19. Nov 10

    Picture 1: Poppy in Palmyra, Syria (2009). By: Gerhard Huber. Source: . Picture 2: Marjeh (Martyrs) Square during . Source: .

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  20. Nov 10

    Finally, we remember the journalists, poets, parliamentarians and activists who died on the gallows in and for the cause of freedom on 16 May 1916. The executions took place in Damascus' Marjeh Square, later renamed 'Martyrs Square' in honour of their memory.

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