Examines British military, political and imperial strategy in the Middle East during and immediately after the First World War, in relation to General Allenby's command of the Egypt Expeditionary Force from June 1917 to November 1919.
Contemporary Review, Dec 99
"This is a very thoughtful and also well researched study which helps us to understand a war that appears almost incomprehensible to modern Englishmen."
International History Review, Vol 22, No 1, March 2000
"This volume is a welcome addition to a body of literature largely captivated either by military narratives or labyrinthine analyses of diplomatic chicanery. Attempting to synthesize these two approaches into a coherent exegesis is in itself a formidable undertaking, for which effort Hughes deserves high praise."
Reviews in History, at http://www.lonsoc.org.uk/ihr/reviews/simkins.html
"Matthew Hughes is to be congratulated on an excellent study which casts much interesting new light on our knowledge of the First World War. He writes lucidly and his grasp of a wide range of material is impressive. This book is highly recommended to all students of the Great War and of British policy in the Middle East."
Middle Eastern Studies
"Contributes towards the understanding of the role of the palestine Campaigns and the British push into the Middle east during the First World War"
"This very readable and well-researched book is a must for those interested in the so-called side show campaigns of the First World War."
Army Historical Research
This series publishes studies on historical and contemporary aspects of land power, spanning the period from the eighteenth century to the present day, and will include national, international and comparative studies. From time to time, the series will publish edited collections of essays and ‘classics’.