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After French support went to Eddé in the 1930s and was decisive in his election to the presidency in 1936, Khoury turned to the British and was their candidate in 1943 when they had the upper hand in Lebanon after their occupation of the country in 1941 and ousting of the Vichy forces. British influence was also decisive in the presidential elections of 1952. The British position in the Middle East remained uncontested until the mid-1950s when, in the context of the cold war, the Americans took over as the foremost power in the region facing the Soviet Union.
232–3. 96. The cabinets formed in the last days of Bechara al-Khoury’s presidency were the following: Cabinet of Sami al-Sulh, February–9 September 1952; Cabinet of Nazim ‘Accari, 9–14 September 1952; Cabinet of Saeb Salam, 14–18 September 1952. Who’s Who in Lebanon, eighth edition (Beirut, 1983), pp. 122–3. 2 Domestic Politics, the Economy and Society in Lebanon: 1952–1956 CAMILLE CHAMOUN An ex-prime minister used the words ‘We live in a state of enjoyable chaos’ to describe the situation in Lebanon in 1955.
248–54. See also Gérard D. Khoury, La France et L’Orient Arabe, pp. 97–100. The 1911 figures for the governorate (mutasarrifiyya) of Mount Lebanon were 329,736 Christians to 85,232 Muslims. See Edmond Rabbath, La Formation Historique du Liban Politique et Constitutionnel (Beirut, 1973), p. 4. For a British perspective of the French mandate by a contemporary observer, see Hemsley Longrigg, Syria and Lebanon. A more recent and the now standard work on the subject of the French mandate in Syria is Philip Khoury, Syria and the French Mandate: The Politics of Arab Nationalism, 1920–1945 (Princeton, 1987).
Lebanon in the 1950s by Caroline Attie