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The Claims of Culture at Empire's EndSyria and Lebanon under French Rule$
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Jennifer M. Dueck

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264478

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264478.001.0001

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Fractured Messages in a Common Tongue: France’s Educational Emissaries

Fractured Messages in a Common Tongue: France’s Educational Emissaries

(p.34) Chapter 1 Fractured Messages in a Common Tongue: France’s Educational Emissaries
The Claims of Culture at Empire's End

Jennifer M. Dueck

British Academy

This chapter discusses the French cultural networks, addressing various conflicts and contrary agendas among players who were all ostensibly united in their goal to provide a French education for local children. French culture in the Levant during the 1930s and 1940s is inseparable from the person of Gabriel Bounoure. He combined a single-minded devotion to promoting French culture with flexibility and sophistication in his approach to both Syro-Lebanese and French political struggles. The discussion also addresses the effects of the successive Vichy and Free French administrations on the status of three specific groups of private educators: the Catholic missions, the secular Mission laïque française, and the Jewish Alliance israélite universelle.

Keywords:   France, cultural networks, Gabriel Bounore, Free French administrations, Vichy administration, Catholic missions

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