Approaching Lebanese History
with Graham Pitts
hosted by Chris Gratien
Even when writing the history of a particular geographical space, historians often find themselves circling the globe in search of new source material for research. This may be especially true for historians of Lebanon, whose archival sources are spread throughout various libraries in Lebanon, the Middle East and the West. In this episode, Graham Pitts shares his own research experience and discusses some of the different sources and archives available to scholars working on the history of modern Lebanon.
Graham Pitts is a PhD candidate at Georgetown University focusing on Middle East environmental history
Chris Gratien is a PhD candidate studying the history of the modern Middle East at Georgetown University (see academia.edu)
Episode No. 99
Release date: 30 March 2013
Location: Simplon, Paris
Editing and production by Chris Gratien
Music sampled from Fairouz - Al Bosta: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wbLBZmL43Q
Citation: "Approaching Lebanese History: Archives and Sources for Modern Lebanese History," Graham Pitts and Chris Gratien, Ottoman History Podcast, No. 99 (March, 30 2013) http://www.ottomanhistorypodcast.com/2012/03/lebanon-archive-sources-modern-mandate.html.
Note for the listener: This podcast is based in part on primary source research. It also makes use of publicly available information and draws from the following works below, which are also mentioned during the course of the episode. For the purposes of academic citation, we encourage you to consult these resources.
Egyptian National Library and Archives (sites are currently down), Cairo (map)
Lebanese National Archives / Beirut (map)
American University / Beirut (map)
Maronite Catholic Patriarchate Archives / Bkerké, Lebanon
Başbakanlık Ottoman Archives / Istanbul (map) / Catalog
French Diplomatic Archives / Paris (map)
French Diplomatic Archives / Nantes (map)
British National Archives / Kew, UK (map)
US National Archives / College Park, MD (map)
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