A Line in the Sand: The Anglo-French Struggle for the Middle East, 1914-1948

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2012 - History - 450 pages
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The untold history of the French-British rivalry that shaped the Middle East, from Lawrence of Arabia to the violent birth of Israel.

It was the middle of World War I. Two men—one, a visionary British politician (Mark Sykes), the other, a veteran French diplomat (François Georges-Picot)—secretly agreed to divide the Middle East. Britain would have “mandates” in newly created Palestine, Transjordan, and Iraq; France in Lebanon and Syria. For the next thirty years, this divide would make uneasy neighbors of two great powers and irreparably shape the Middle East. James Barr combs recently declassified French and British government archives and unearths a shocking secret war and its powerful effect on the local Arabs and Jews. He follows politicians, diplomats, and spies through intrigue and espionage to show us T. E. Lawrence’s stealth guerrilla terror campaigns, and he journeys behind closed doors to discover why Britain courted the Zionist movement. Meticulously well researched and character-driven, A Line in the Sand crescendos with the violent birth of Israel, all along the way brimming with insight into a historically volatile region.
  

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Review: A Line in the Sand: The Anglo-French Struggle for the Middle East, 1914-1948

User Review  - Greg - Goodreads

Hard to keep all the players straight but filled with lots of entertaining, foreign intrigue related to Arabs' and Jews' struggle for nationhood. Read full review

Review: A Line in the Sand: The Anglo-French Struggle for the Middle East, 1914-1948

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Consummately researched history meets great storytelling in this fascinating book about one of the main causes for the current conflict in the Middle East. In college I took a class on the Israeli ... Read full review

Contents

PART
85
Revolt in Iraq
96
The Best and Cheapest Solution
108
The DruZe Revolt
118
The Crushing of the DruZes
131
The Pipeline
143
Revenge Revenge
154
PART THREE
189
The Murder of Lord Moyne
272
Exit 19451949
281
Got to Think Again
298
The American League for a Free Palestine
311
French and Zionist Intrigues
320
Last Post
333
A Settling of Scores
351
Notes
361

A Squalid Episode
202
Completely Intransigent Extremely Rude
212
Envoy Extraordinary
222
Dirty Work
232
Another Fashoda
244
Friends in Need
253
Trop de Zele
262
96
370
118
400
Bibliography
405
Permissions
423
131
428
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About the author (2012)

James Barr is the author of Setting the Desert on Fire. During the research for A Line in the Sand he was a Visiting Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford. He lives in London.

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