French Government "Handbook" of Syria, circa 1920: refernces needed.
I am trying to locate French government publications simillar to the
British Naval Intelligence Division " A Handbook of Syria" (1920) --
the British series are sometimes called "Admiralty Handbooks" -- a
series of such publications must have been researched and put to press
after the French occupation of Syria in 1920 . I'd like a
full bibliographic lisiting of the various editions and versions
found, urls of libraries which have copies,
and (important) the exact phrase used in the "author" record within
the librarie's database. (For more $$, see my question on demography)
Clarification of Question by
28 Mar 2006 22:00 PST
this may be of some use in getting started...it will at least provide
the proper directorate names which -- as coporate author -- the
handbooks may indexed under....
Middle Eastern Studies, Volume 38, Number 1 / January 01, 2002, Pages: 1 - 32
French Intelligence-Gathering in the Syrian Mandate, 1920-40, by M. Thomas
This article considers the role of military intelligence and security
service personnel in sustaining French control in the Syrian mandate.
Drawing on recently repatriated French secret service archives, it
contends that the imperial policing and covert operations conducted by
the staffs of the Service de Renseignements, the Sûreté Générale and
the Contrôle bédouin were more integral to French mandatory control,
and its breakdown, than has hitherto been acknowledged. In their
approach to Syria's ethnic communities, the French security services
shaped official threat perceptions and thus defined the High
Commission's treatment of indigenous political opposition.
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