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Britain in Iraq: Contriving King and Country

Britain in Iraq: Contriving King and Country (Hardback)

By Sluglett, Peter
Other Steer, Isabella
Foreword by Hourani, Albert

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After the end of World War I, international pressures prevented the Allies from implementing direct colonial rule over the former Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire. Instead, the Allies created a system of mandates for the governance of the Middle East. France was assigned Leba...non and Syria, and Britain was assigned Iraq, Palestine, and Transjordan. First published in 1976, Britain in Iraq has long been recognized as the definitive history of the mandate period, providing a meticulous and engaging account of Britain's political involvement in Iraq as well as rare insights into the motives behind the founding of the Iraqi state. Peter Sluglett presents a historical narrative of the development and implementation of the mandate in the face of considerable opposition in both Iraq and Britain and shows how the British maintained a "reliable" group of Iraqi clients in power to protect imperial interests.Sluglett explores the changing relationship between Britain and Iraq over the eighteen years of occupation and mandate, the interactions between Shi'ite and Sunni populations, the position of the Kurds, the boundary between Turkey and northern Iraq, and policies relating to defense, land tenure and the tribes, and education. A new conclusion attempts to analyze the legacy of the mandate and to offer some explanation for Iraq's continuing weakness as a state and the structural obstacles preventing the emergence of a plural political system.
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ISBN 9780231142007
Released NZ 15 Mar 2007
Publisher Columbia University Press
Format Hardback
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Language English (translated from: English)
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ISBN-13 9780231142007
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Columbia University Press
Imprint Columbia University Press
Released 15 Mar 2007
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Sluglett, Peter
Other Steer, Isabella
Foreword by Hourani, Albert
Category World History: From C 1900 -
Asian / Middle Eastern History
International Relations
Number of Pages 296
Dimensions Not specified
Dewey Code 956.7041
Weight 524g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Iraq - History - 1921-, British - Iraq - History, British, Iraq, Iraq
NBS Text International Relations
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly