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Churchill's Folly How Winston Churchill Created Modern Iraq (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 078671557X
ISBN-13: 9780786715572
Sku: 31144225
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  288
Age Range:  NA
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Tracing the troubles in Iraq back to Winston Churchill, the author explores the role of Britains most beloved twentieth-century statesman in creating Iraq following the defeat of the Ottoman empire, drawing borders for a nation that was doomed to fail. Reprint. *Author: Catherwood, Christopher *Subtitle: How Winston Churchill Created Modern Iraq *Publication Date: 2005/05/18 *Number of Pages: 2867 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.25
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Tracing the troubles in Iraq back to Winston Churchill, the author explores the role of Britain's most beloved twentieth-century statesman in creating Iraq following the defeat of the Ottoman empire, drawing borders for a "nation" that was doomed to fail. Reprint.Tracing the troubles in Iraq back to Winston Churchill, the author explores the role of Britain's most beloved twentieth-century statesman in creating Iraq following the defeat of the Ottoman empire, drawing borders for a "nation" that was doomed to fail. Reprint.
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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