The End of Empire in the Middle East: Britain's Relinquishment of Power in her Last Three Arab Dependencies / Edition 1

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This book is an original and perceptive study of Britain's withdrawal from her last Arab Dependencies, based on a combination of first hand experience and extensive research. Glen Balfour-Paul opens by outlining Britain's position in the Middle East at the end of the Second World War. He then presents in three separate chapters a detailed account of the forces that culminated in withdrawal from each of the countries. In the final chapters, the author compares and contrasts the three episodes in terms of Britain's evolving attitude to empire, public pressures from within and outside the territories, the tensions that arose between policy makers in London and those executing their decisions, attitudes of British officials to their task and the political and economic aftermath of independence.

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"...a sensitive, acute, at times highly personal and nostalgic study of British experience and policy in an era of imperial eclipse." MESA Bulletin

"...a readable and insightful scholarly study of British imperial policy." International History Review

"In brief, The End of Empire is a minor classic." Daniel Pipes, Orbis

"...a readable and insightful scholarly study of British imperial policy....What makes Balfour-Paul's work especially valuable is that he provides an insider's account that is largely devoid of the biases prevalent in memoirs....The End of Empire in the Middle East presents a good overview and analysis of the British experience in 'decolonization' of its last dependencies in the Arab world." Michael B. Bishku, International History Review

"Balfour-Paul puts career-gleaned knowledge into a book brimming with inventive analysis, authentic insights, and a lively narrative....If the subject grabs you, grab the book." J.C. Hurewitz, Middle East Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521466363
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Series: Cambridge Middle East Library Series, #25
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Foreword Sir Anthony Parsons; Preface; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The regional consequences of World War II; 2. The Sudan episode; 3. The South West Arabian episode; 4. The Gulf episode; 5. Comparisons, without odium; 6. Epilogues and epitaphs.

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