Churchill's Folly: How Winston Churchill Created Modern Iraq

Churchill's Folly: How Winston Churchill Created Modern Iraq

by Christopher Catherwood
     
 

As Britain’s colonial secretary in the 1920s, Winston Churchill made a mistake with calamitous consequences and unseen repercussions extending into the twenty-first century. Christopher Catherwood, scholar and adviser to Tony Blair’s government, examines Churchill’s creation of the artificial monarchy of Iraq after World War One, forcing together

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Overview

As Britain’s colonial secretary in the 1920s, Winston Churchill made a mistake with calamitous consequences and unseen repercussions extending into the twenty-first century. Christopher Catherwood, scholar and adviser to Tony Blair’s government, examines Churchill’s creation of the artificial monarchy of Iraq after World War One, forcing together unfriendly peoples—Sunni Muslim Kurds and Arabs, and Shiite Muslims—under a single ruler.

Defying a global wave of nationalistic sentiment and the desire of subjugated peoples to rule themselves, Churchill put together the broken pieces of the Ottoman Empire and unwittingly created a Middle Eastern powder keg. Inducing Arabs under the thumb of the Ottoman Turks to rebel against rule from Constantinople, the British during WWI convinced the Hashemite clan that they would rule over Syria. However, Britain had already promised the territory to the French. To make amends after the Great War, Churchill created the nation called Iraq and made the Hashemite leader, Feisel, king of a land to which he had no connections. Catherwood examines Churchill’s decision, which resulted in a 1958 military coup against the Iraqi Hashemite government and a series of increasingly bloody regimes until the ultimate nightmare of Ba’athist party rule under Saddam Hussein.

Photographs and maps are included.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786715572
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
950,229
Product dimensions:
8.18(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1From Abraham to Allenby19
Ch. 2The Arab revolt and the great betrayal41
Ch. 3How two men in London changed the world63
Ch. 4Churchill and his forty thieves95
Ch. 5Changing the map : the Cairo Conference of 1921127
Ch. 6Winston's bridge161
Ch. 7From Feisal to Saddam215

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