Empire of Sand

    Empire of Sand

    How Britain Made the Middle East

    Walter Reid

    Birlinn 2013

    Paperback 496pp Illustrated

    9781780270616   Product Code: 19120

    'In 1914 Britain entered the First World War declaring that she had no territorial ambitions. How then did she emerge with so many possessions? Did she act in bad faith? Did she deceive her allies? That,' writes Walter Reid, 'is what this book is about.' Looking at how the former Ottoman empire was carved up amid confusion and wartime expediency, Reid explores the motives and intentions behind the acquisition of mandates and focuses on the privileged individuals who became the decision makers of British policy.

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