The Great Powers in the Middle East, 1941-1947: The Road to the Cold War

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The Great Powers in the Middle East, 1941-1947: The Road to the Cold War

By Barry Rubin
Cass, 1980
254 pp.
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Material appearing here from the U.S. and British archives enlarges our knowledge of the diplomacy of World War II and its aftermath. It covers well the crises which arose with Russia over Turkey and Iran but omits Greece, thus giving only a partial background to the Truman Doctrine. The book reads like a compilation of items straight from the index cards, but the message is clear and brings no comfort to the revisionist school of cold-war historians. U.S. policy was Wilsonian, anti-British, and only anti-Soviet after the Russians began to subvert the independence of Middle East states.