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Outskirts of Empire

Studies in British Power Projection, 1st Edition

By John Fisher


194 pages

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Outskirts of Empire: Studies in British Power Projection investigates the substructure of Britain’s interests in the Near East and beyond during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Essays address themes in British power projection in a geographically wide area encompassing parts of the Ottoman Empire, Morocco and Abyssinia, illuminating interlinking elements of Britain’s power and presence through commerce, religion, consular activity, expatriates, travel and exploration and technology. Through careful investigation of the interface of these themes the book develops a deeper sense of Britain’s presence in the Near East and contiguous areas and highlights the network of Britons who were required to sustain that presence.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Abbreviations Illustrations Introduction Chapter 1: Britain and Abyssinia: the forward view Chapter 2: Mesopotamia in the official mind, before, during and after the First World War Chapter 3: The Politics of Relief: British humanitarian aid to the Turk, 18767 Chapter 4: ‘Casting out Devils’: British military consuls in Turkey Chapter 5: A spearhead of influence in the Near East: the New Levant Company and British commerce in the aftermath of war Chapter 6: The Foreign Office and the issue of sacred space in Morocco, c1860 to 1970 Bibliography

About the Author

John Fisher is Senior Lecturer in International History at the University of the West of England, UK. His previous publications have focused largely on British interests in the Middle East and North Africa in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as on other aspects of British foreign policy in that timeframe.

About the Series

Empires in Perspective

This important series examines a diverse range of imperial histories from the early modern period to the twentieth century. Drawing on works of political, social, economic and cultural history, the history of science and political theory, the series encourages methodological pluralism and does not impose any particular conception of historical scholarship. While focused on particular aspects of empire, works published also seek to address wider questions on the study of imperial history.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Africa / North
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Middle East / General
HISTORY / Middle East / Arabian Peninsula
HISTORY / Middle East / Iraq
HISTORY / Middle East / Turkey & Ottoman Empire