WWI in the Syrian and Lebanese Diaspora | Stacy Fahrenthold

E404 | By the time of the First World War, there were roughly 500,000 Lebanese and Syrians in the Americas. And as Stacy Fahrenthold argues in a new book entitled Between the Ottomans and the Entente, this diaspora played a critical role in the transformation of politics in Greater Syria over a period of incredible flux. In our conversation, we discuss how the diaspora embraced and sustained the revolutionary fervor of the post-1908 Ottoman Empire into the First World War, when loyalties to the Ottomans and their Entente adversaries were divided. After the war, this diaspora likewise sought to influence the outcome of the postwar map after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. But what would be the fate of the Greater Syrian diaspora with the establishment of the French Mandates? More at https://www.ottomanhistorypodcast.com/2019/03/ottomans-entente.html Stacy Fahrenthold is an assistant professor of history at University of California, Davis, currently focusing on labor migration and mass politics in Middle Eastern diasporas. She is the author of Between the Ottomans and the Entente: the First World War in the Syrian and Lebanese Diaspora (Oxford, 2019). Chris Gratien is Assistant Professor of History at University of Virginia, where he teaches classes on global environmental history and the Middle East. He is currently preparing a monograph about the environmental history of the Cilicia region of the former Ottoman Empire from the 1850s until the 1950s. CREDITS Episode No. 404 Release Date: 1 March 2019 Recording Location: Washington, DC Audio editing by Chris Gratien Music: Zé Trigueiros; Muhyiddin Bayun - Taxim Alal Wahidat Bibliography and images courtesy of Stacy Fahrenthold available at https://www.ottomanhistorypodcast.com/2019/03/ottomans-entente.html

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