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Holy See Emergence Modern Middle East : Benedict Xv's Diplomacy in Greater Syria 1914-1922 (Hardcover)

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This volume analyzes Pope Benedict XV's diplomacy during the First World War and the post-war period in the modern Middle East after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, as he created a foreign policy meant to deal with the political trauma and new developments in Europe and the Middle East, to ensure the protection of Catholic interests and the survival of Christians there, and a dynamic ecclesiological structure. It draws on documents in the Vatican Secret Archives, the Archives of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, and the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, and focuses on Palestine, Syria, and Lebanon, covering the period from the outbreak of war until British troops captured Jerusalem from the Ottomans. It discusses different elements of Benedict XV's wartime diplomacy in his protection of Catholic communities, his efforts to arrange a positive environment for the reconciliation with the separated brethren, and his humanitarian assistance to the destitute, without racial or religious discrimination; the postwar premandate era and his vision of the new world order, moving away from the past Eurocentric vision to work with Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine; and his death in 1922. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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