John Fisher explores the acquisitive thinking which, from the autumn of 1914, drove the Mesopotamian Expedition, and examines the political issues, international and imperial, delegated to a War Cabinet committee under Lord Curzon. The motives of Curzon and others in attempting to obtain a privileged political position in the Hejaz are studied in the context of inter-Allied suspicions and Turkish intrigues in the Arabian Peninsula. This is a penetrating study of war imperialism, when statesmen contemplated strong measures of control in several areas of the Middle East.
Choice-"A highly accomplished study that interweaves political and mentalité history, meticulously supported by hundreds of endnotes."
Contemporary Review-"For many years Cass has had a reputation as a publisher of scholarly books on the Middle East, and this latest volume is no exception… One of the most balanced views of Curzon"s role and one of the best insights into the formation of British policy regarding the Middle East."
Contemporary British History
"This specialised but readable work on British imperialism stands out for its comprehensive coverage of the relevant British state documents and private papers."
International Journal of Middle East Studies
"Fisher has suceeded in portraying the chaos, bickering, and lack of co-ordination that characterized aspects of British wartime decision-making on Middle East affairs. His extensive and often discursive endnotes will have to be taken into consideration by any future scholar intending to examine the British perspective on the crucial years in this book."
"Doyle"s book will provide undergraduate students with a clear, concise understanding of Jansenism, its evolution, and its contributions to the emergence of modern Europe