1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of the History of the Middle East Mandates

Edited By Cyrus Schayegh, Andrew Arsan Copyright 2015
    462 Pages
    by Routledge

    462 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of the History of the Middle East Mandates provides an overview of the social, political, economic, and cultural histories of the Middle East in the decades between the end of the First World War and the late 1940s, when Britain and France abandoned their Mandates. It also situates the history of the Mandates in their wider imperial, international and global contexts, incorporating them into broader narratives of the interwar decades. In 27 thematically organised chapters, the volume looks at various aspects of the Mandates such as:

    • The impact of the First World War and the development of a new state system 

    • The impact of the League of Nations and international governance

    • Differing historical perspectives on the impact of the Mandates system

    • Techniques and practices of government

    • The political, social, economic and cultural experiences of the people living in and connected to the Mandates.

    This book provides the reader with a guide to both the history of the Middle East Mandates and their complex relation with the broader structures of imperial and international life. It will be a valuable resource for all scholars of this period of Middle Eastern and world history.


    Cyrus Schayegh is Associate Professor at the Department for Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University. His publications include Who Is Knowledgeable Is Strong: Science, Class, and the Formation of Modern Iranian Society, 1900-1950 (California University Press, 2009) and the forthcoming Transnationalization: A History of the Modern Middle East, under contract by Harvard University Press.

    Andrew Arsan is University Lecturer in Modern Middle Eastern History in the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge. His publications include Interlopers of Empire: The Lebanese Diaspora in Colonial French West Africa (Hurst & Company and Oxford University Press, 2014).

    "The Routledge Handbook of the History of the Middle East Mandates marks a groundbreaking contribution to the fields of twentieth century History and Modern Middle East studies. At once globalizing the study of the Middle East and deprovincializing the study of World War I and its aftermath, this book will quickly become required reading in its respective fields. This brilliant collection introduces us to the ways in which the Middle East was a critical staging ground of modernity that led to the emergence of new categories of rule, such as the confession, the minority, and the refugee."

    Omnia El Shakry, University of California, Davis, USA

    "Thematically organised and compellingly written, this collection offers readers the most comprehensive analysis of the political motivations and socio-cultural impacts of Mandate rule in the Middle East. The coverage is extraordinary, ranging from the high politics of Mandate governance to the micro-level of cities and communities thrown into crisis by changes in imperial authority. An indispensable read for anyone wanting insights into life under the Mandates."

    Martin Thomas, University of Exeter, UK

    "...whilst this collection will certainly reward specialists, it deserves a much wider readership."

    James Sidway, National University of Singapore, Singapore