What is Evacuation Day (Syria) (1946)?

Introduction Evacuation Day (Arabic: عيد الجلاء‎), is Syria’s national day commemorating the evacuation of the last French soldier and Syria’s proclamation of full independence and the end of the French mandate of Syria on 17 April 1946. Background After World War I, the Ottoman Empire was divided into several new nations, creating the modern Arab… Read More


What was the Sykes-Picot Agreement (1916)?

Introduction The Sykes-Picot Agreement was a 1916 secret treaty between the United Kingdom and France, with assent from the Russian Empire and the Kingdom of Italy, to define their mutually agreed spheres of influence and control in an eventual partition of the Ottoman Empire. The agreement was based on the premise that the Triple Entente… Read More