A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East

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Phoenix, 2000 - Great Britain - 635 pages
Peopled with larger-than-life figures such as Winston Churchill (around whom the story is structured), General Kitchener and T.E. Lawrence, Gertrude Bell, Attaturk, Emir Feisal and Lloyd George the book describes the showdown with the Ottoman Empire which erupted into the devastating Eastern campaign of World War I and led to the formation - by bureaucracy and subterfuge by Americans and Europeans - of the states known collectively as the Middle East. The years 1914-1922 were the creative, formative years when everything seemed possible, but the events of 1922, the pivotal year, set the course for a future of endless wars and acts of terrorism that became the legacy of this period. Issues such as The Allenby Declaration establishing nominal independence for Egypt, the Palestine Mandate and the Churchill White Paper (from which Israel and Jordan sprang), the installing of Hashemite leaders of predominantly Shi'ite teritories, new leaders for Egypt and Iraq, the Russian declaration of a Soviet Union intent on re-establishing her rule over Moslem Central Asia - David Fromkin shows how all these changed the Middle East (and Europe) forever.

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David Henry Fromkin was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 27, 1932. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. He worked as a lawyer and investor until becoming a published author in his 40s and a professor in his 60s. He wrote seven books including The Question of Government: An Inquiry into the Breakdown of Modern Political Systems; A Peace to End All Peace; In the Time of the Americans: F.D.R., Truman, Eisenhower, Marshall, MacArthur - the Generation that Changed America's Role in the World; Kosovo Crossing: The Reality of American Intervention in the Balkans; Europe's Last Summer: Who Started the Great War in 1914?; and The King and the Cowboy: Theodore Roosevelt and Edward the Seventh, Secret Partners. He was a professor at Boston University from 1994 until 2013. He died from heart failure on June 11, 2017 at the age of 84.

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