Lords Of The Desert: Britain's Struggle With America To Dominate The Middle East
James Barr
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  • ISBN: 9781471174032
  • Category: Fresh Arrivals
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Upon victory in 1945, Britain still dominated the Middle East. She directly ruled Palestine and Aden, was the kingmaker in Iran, the power behind the thrones of Egypt, Iraq and Jordan, and protected the sultan of Oman and the Gulf sheikhs. But her motives for wanting to dominate this crossroads between Europe, Asia and Africa were changing. Where ?imperial security? control of the route to India had once been paramount, now oil was an increasingly important factor. So, too, was prestige. Ironically, the very end of empire made control of the Middle East precious in itself: on it hung Britain?s claim to be a great power.
  • ISBN: 9781471174032
  • Category: Fresh Arrivals
  • Publisher: Readings
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