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

James Barr.
Publisher Norton  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
ISBN 9780393070651
Pages/Publication Date 450/2012
Daedalus Item Code 41476
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In this follow-up to Setting the Desert on Fire, a history of T.E. Lawrence and the secret war in Arabia, James Barr unveils how imperial rivalry shaped the Middle East. In the midst of World War I, visionary British politician Mark Sykes and veteran French diplomat François Georges-Picot drew a line in the sand from the Mediterranean to Persia; Britain would have its "mandates" in Palestine, Transjordan, and Iraq, while France would control Lebanon and Syria. Both reneged on the independence that they had promised the Arabs, and both employed Arab insurgents to wrest control of the region from each other. Profiling politicians, diplomats, spies, and soldiers, Barr traces the 30-year path to the violent birth of Israel.

"Barr's extensive archival research, evocative historical vignettes, and a superb sense of narrative pacing produce a first-rate work."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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