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

Jennifer M. Dueck

in The Claims of Culture at Empire's End

Published by British Academy

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780197264478
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734779 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

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

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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

Chapter.  7404 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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