The British Empire in the Middle East, 1945-1951: Arab Nationalism, the United States, and Postwar Imperialism

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The British Empire in the Middle East, 1945-1951: Arab Nationalism, the United States, and Postwar Imperialism

By William Roger Louis
Clarendon Press/Oxford, 1984
803 pp. $55.00
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A historical study of extraordinary value, based on extensive work in the British archives. The subtitle, clumsy as it is, gives a rough idea of the book's coverage: British efforts, with limited resources, to maintain historical positions in the face of the challenges of the cold war and of local nationalism; the shifting of burdens to America; the debacle of Palestine. It is told in fascinating detail by a scholar with the best of credentials.

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