Curzon and British Imperialism in the Middle East, 1916-19

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Psychology Press, 1999 - History - 342 pages
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John Fisher explores the acquisitive thinking which, from the autumn of 1914, drove the Mesopotamian Expedition, and examines the political issues, international and imperial, delegated to a War Cabinet committee under Lord Curzon. The motives of Curzon and others in attempting to obtain a privileged political position in the Hejaz are studied in the context of inter-Allied suspicions and Turkish intrigues in the Arabian Peninsula. This is a penetrating study of war imperialism, when statesmen contemplated strong measures of control in several areas of the Middle East.
 

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Contents

1 Playing Babylon against Byzantium
1
2 The Mesopotamian Administration Committee
42
3 Arabian Matters
66
4 Britain Mesopotamia and the Middle East 1918
111
5 The War for Mastery of Asia
156
All the Pieces on the Table
195
Conclusion
294
Appendices
302
Bibliography
325
Index
333
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