A Line in the Sand: The Anglo-French Struggle for the Middle East, 1914-1948

A Line in the Sand: The Anglo-French Struggle for the Middle East, 1914-1948

by James Barr

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Overview

“A provocative history . . . helps us to understand why the Arab spring is so important and valuable.”—David Ignatius, National Interest


In the twentieth century, while fighting a common enemy in Europe, Britain and France were locked in a clandestine struggle for power in the Middle East. From the first agreement to divide the region between them to the birth of Israel, A Line in the Sand is a gripping narrative of the last gasp of imperialism, with tales of unscrupulous double-dealing, cynical manipulation, and all-too-frequent violence that continues to the present day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393344257
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/11/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 638,050
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

James Barr is the author of Setting the Desert on Fire. During the research for A Line in the Sand he was a Visiting Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

Part 1 The Carve-Up 1915-1919

1 Very Practical Politics 3

2 Monsieur Picot 15

3 Enter T. E. Lawrence 31

4 Allenby's Man 41

5 I Want Mosul 56

6 Deadlock 71

Part 2 Interwar Tensions 1920-1939

7 The Crusader 87

8 Revolt in Iraq 96

9 The Best and Cheapest Solution 108

10 The Druze Revolt 118

11 The Crushing of the Druzes 131

12 The Pipeline 143

13 Revenge! Revenge! 154

14 Fighting Terror with Terror 166

15 Placating the Arabs 181

Part 3 The Secret War 1940-1945

16 A King in Exile 191

17 A Squalid Episode 202

18 Completely Intransigent, Extremely Rude 212

19 Envoy Extraordinary 222

20 Dirty Work 232

21 Another Fashoda 244

22 Friends in Need 253

23 Trop de Zèle 262

24 The Murder of Lord Moyne 272

Part 4 Exit 1945-1949

25 Time to Call the Shots 283

26 Got to Think Again 298

27 The American League for a Free Palestine 311

28 French and Zionist Intrigues 320

29 Last Post 333

Epilogue: A Settling of Scores 351

Notes 361

Bibliography 405

Permissions 423

Acknowledgments 425

Index 427

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