Britain and the Politics of Modernization in the Middle East, 1945-1958by Paul W. T. Kingston
Pub. Date: 08/22/1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
In an historically informed critique of development assistance, Paul Kingston examines Britain's foreign aid program in the Middle East in the 1940s and 1950s. Focusing on the debates among British experts, their American rivals, and Middle Eastern technocrats over development policy, the author raises important questions about the nature of the development process in the Middle East and Third World generally. The book will be of interest to development practitioners and to scholars in development studies, as well as to students of Middle East and imperial history.
Table of ContentsIntroduction; 1. Britain, peasants and Pashas: debating approaches to modernization in the post-war Middle East; 2. Imperial dreams and delusions: the economics of promoting Middle East development; 3. The British Middle East Office and the abandonment of imperial approaches to modernization; 4. The British Middle East Office and the politics of modernization in Iran, 1945–1951; 5. The British Middle East Office and the politics of modernization in Iraq, 1945–1958; 6. The British Middle East Office and the politics of modernization in Jordan, 1951–1958; Conclusion.
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