Chatham House Version: And Other Middle Eastern Studies

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Here returned to print, at a timely moment in history, is Elie Kedourie's classic study of the Middle East in modern times. In analyzing British failures in the region during the zenith of their power and influence, Mr. Kedourie attributes much of Britain's faulty and disastrous handling of Middle East problems to what he calls "the Chatham House version." It was a view of Middle Eastern history and politics propounded and propagated in the various publications of the Royal Institute of International Affairs ...
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Overview

Here returned to print, at a timely moment in history, is Elie Kedourie's classic study of the Middle East in modern times. In analyzing British failures in the region during the zenith of their power and influence, Mr. Kedourie attributes much of Britain's faulty and disastrous handling of Middle East problems to what he calls "the Chatham House version." It was a view of Middle Eastern history and politics propounded and propagated in the various publications of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (known popularly as Chatham House), written or edited by Arnold Toynbee. The episodes that Mr. Kedourie investigates show "successive and cumulative manifestations of illusion, misjudgment, maladroitness, and failure." Together they point up hard lessons for the Bush administration or any outside power that would intervene in Middle Eastern affairs. "No better guide...can be found to the pitfalls awaiting those who seek to control the Middle East to their own advantage."—Asian Affairs "These twelve studies in the modern history of the Middle East [form] the most learned book, the most demanding therefore of rethinking, that has come out on the Middle East for many years, and anyone who in the future writes on any Middle Eastern subject, from any point of view, without consulting it, will do so at his or her grave peril."—London Telegraph
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Editorial Reviews

Asian Affairs
No better guide...can be found to the pitfalls awaiting those who seek to control the Middle East to their own advantage.
The New Criterion
This new edition is all the more welcome because it carries an introduction by Davide Pryce-Jones.
New York Sun
Landmark of historical scholarship.
The Washington Times
…Basic truths are worth repeating, and if they are stated in as cogent and lucid prose as Kedourie's they deserve renewed attention.
London Telegraph
The most learned book, the most demanding therefore of rethinking, that has come out on the Middle East for many years.
Washington Times
…Basic truths are worth repeating, and if they are stated in as cogent and lucid prose as Kedourie's they deserve renewed attention.
Washington Times
...Basic Truths Are Worth Repeating, And If They Are Stated In As Cogent And Lucid Prose As Kedourie's They Deserve Renewed Attention.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566635615
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 5/15/2004
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Elie Kedourie (1926–1992) was a fellow of the British Academy, editor of Middle Eastern Studies, and professor of politics at the London School of Economics. His many books on the Middle East include Islam in the Modern World, In the Anglo-Arab Labyrinth, and Arabic Political Memoirs. David Pryce-Jones's most recent book is The Closed Circle: An Interpretation of the Arabs. He lives in London.
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Table of Contents

1 The Middle East and the powers 1
2 Cairo and Khartoum on the Arab question, 1915-18 13
3 The capture of Damascus, 1 October 1918 33
App Precis of the Australian war diaries 48
4 Sir Herbert Samuel and the government of Palestine 52
5 Sa'd Zaghlul and the British 82
6 The genesis of the Egyptian constitution of 1923 160
7 Egypt and the Caliphate, 1915-52 177
App Maraghi's letter to Wingate 208
8 Pan-Arabism and British policy 213
9 The kingdom of Iraq : a retrospect 236
App A Shi'ite proclamation 283
10 'Minorities' 286
11 Religion and politics 317
App 'A call to the Arab Christians to join Islam' 343
12 The Chatham House version 351
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