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Last French Troops Leave Syria

Though France proclaimed Syria an independent republic in 1941, its troops were not withdrawn until 1946, after over 25 years of occupation. The occupation began in 1920, when the League of Nations gave the French a mandate over the Levant States—roughly present-day Syria and Lebanon. Within years, the Syrian resistance to French colonial rule became a full-scale revolt. A 1936 treaty promised Syrian independence, but it did not come to fruition. What finally brought about the occupation's end?



Razia Sultana

Believing that all of his sons were incompetent, Sultan Iltutmish of Delhi appointed his daughter Razia to succeed him as the first female Muslim sultan. After the sultan's death in 1236, the nobles instead installed Razia's brother, but he was assassinated shortly thereafter. For the next few years, Razia served as an able and devoted ruler. There are many accounts of how she died. One states that she was killed in a power struggle stemming from a scandal in which she was accused of what?

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Artur Schnabel

Schnabel was an Austrian-American pianist best known for his interpretations of Beethoven's piano works. Based in Berlin from 1900 to 1933, he composed, taught, and gave legendary performances of the complete sonatas of Beethoven and Schubert for centenary celebrations. In the 1930s, he became the first to record the complete Beethoven cycle. During the Nazi period, he moved to London, then to the US. Though his own compositions are less known, they are revered by serious pianists. Why?

Last updated on Tuesday, 17th April 2012

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