"This theoretically rigorous study explores how French colonial violence during the Mandate laid the foundations for the modern state in Syria"--
"Occupying Syria under the French Mandate Insurgency, Space, and State Formation What role does military force play during a colonial occupation? The answer seems obvious: coercion crushes local resistance, quashes political dissent, and consolidates the dominance of the occupying power. However, as this discerning and theoretically rigorous study suggests, violence can have much more ambiguous consequences. Set in Syria during the French Mandate from 1920 to 1946, the book explores a turbulent period in which conflict between armed Syrian insurgents and French military forces not only determined the strategic objectives of the colonial state, but also transformed how the colonial state organised, controlled, and understood Syrian society, geography, and population. In addition to the coercive techniques of airpower, collective punishment, and colonial policing, the book shows how civilian technologies such as urban planning and engineering were also commandeered in the effort to undermine rebel advances"--
New York, NY :
Cambridge University Press,
Cambridge Middle East studies ;
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-225) and index.