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Churchill's Folly - by Christopher Catherwood (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 288

Genre: History

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Basic Books

Book theme: General

Author: Christopher Catherwood

Language: English

Street Date: May 1, 2005
TCIN: 76955718
UPC: 9780786715572
Item Number (DPCI): 247-04-2127


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 peoplesSunni Muslim Kurds and Arabs, and Shiite Muslimsunder 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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