Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Demise of the British Empire in the Middle East by Michael J. Cohen

This volume deals with the gradual eclipse of British power in the Middle East, a process that began during World War Two and reached its denouement with the British agreement to evacuate the Suez Base in 1954. The chapters have been written by an array of scholars, from England, Israel and the United States, each a leader in their own field. Together, they present a survey of the last years of British hegemony in the Middle East. Britain emerged from World War Two an exhausted and bankrupt nation. The Labour administration that took power after the war had other priorities than maintaining British interests overseas. Parliamentary decisions turned British attentions away from the Suez Canal region, in spite of the fact that the military base built up over the years was to be a platform for the strategic air offensive against the Soviets, in the event of a third world conflict. However, Britain's evident weakness and inability to maintain a large garrison in the region were evident to the peoples of the region. This contributed to the deterioration of the international relations in the region. The first Arab-Israeli War in 1948 was also a traumatic event, the unexpected military humiliation of the Arabs at the hands of the Israelis causing great damage to the political situation. Looking at the political situations in the surrounding Middle Eastern countries, including the economic and social issues, the contributors outline the decline of relations between the region and Great Britain, which in turn led to a further distancing of Britain's presence, until the British forces and political influences withdrew completely from the area.

Buy Demise of the British Empire in the Middle East by Michael J. Cohen from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780714644776
ISBN-10: 0714644773
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Frank Cass Publishers
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions - Demise of the British Empire in the Middle East by Michael J. Cohen

Book Reviews - Demise of the British Empire in the Middle East by Michael J. Cohen

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Demise of the British Empire in the Middle East book by Michael J. Cohen and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Books By Michael J. Cohen

Churchill and the Jews, 1900-1948 by Michael J. Cohen
Hardback, July 2016
$189.00
Palestine and the Great Powers, 1945-1948 by Michael J. Cohen
Hardback, April 2016
$242.59
Britain's Moment in Palestine by Michael J. Cohen
Paperback, December 2015
$62.99