Churchill's Folly

Churchill's Folly

How Winston Churchill Created Modern Iraq

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Baker & Taylor
A scholar and adviser to Tony Blair's government analyzes how Churchill created the artificial monarchy of Iraq after World War I, thereby forcing together unfriendly peoples under a single ruler. Using T.E. Lawrence to induce Arabs under the rule of theOttoman Turks to rebel against their oppressors, the British and French during World War I convinced the Hashemite clan that they would rule over Syria. In fact, Britain had promised the territory to the French. To make amends, Churchill created the nation of Iraq and made the Hashemite leader, Feisal, king of a land to which he had no connections at all. Defying a global wave of nationalistic sentiment, and the desire of subject peoples to rule themselves, Churchill created a Middle Eastern powder keg.--Publisher description.

Perseus Publishing
As Britain's colonial secretary in the 1920s, Winston Churchill made a mistake with calamitous consequences. Scholar and adviser to Tony Blair's government, Christopher Catherwood chronicles and analyzes how Churchill created the artificial monarchy of Iraq after World War I, thereby forcing together unfriendly peoples under a single ruler. The map of the Middle East that Churchill created led to the rise of Saddam Hussein and the wars in which American troops fought in 1991 and 2003. Defying a global wave of nationalistic sentiment, and the desire of subject peoples to rule themselves, Winston Churchill put together the broken pieces of the Ottoman Empire and created a Middle Eastern powder keg. Inducing Arabs under the rule of the Ottoman Turks to rebel against their oppressors, the British and French during World War I convinced the Hashemite clan that they would rule over Syria. In fact, Britain had promised the territory to the French. To make amends, Churchill created the nation of Iraq and made the Hashemite leader, Feisel, king of a land to which he had no connections at all. Eight pages of photographs add to this fascinating history on Churchill's decision and the terrible legacy of the Ottoman Empire's collapse.


Blackwell North Amer
Winston Churchill is one of the twentieth century's greatest statesmen, yet as Britain's colonial secretary in the 1920s, he made a mistake with calamitous consequences and unseen repercussions in the twenty-first century. Scholar and adviser to Tony Blair's government, Christopher Catherwood chronicles and analyzes Churchill's creation of the artificial monarchy of Iraq after World War I, forcing together unfriendly peoples - Sunni Muslim Kurds, Sunni Muslim Arabs, and Shiite Muslims - under a single ruler.
Indeed the map of the Middle East that Churchill created in 1921 led ultimately to the rise of the Ba'ath Party and Saddam Hussein and the wars in which American troops fought in 1991 and 2003.
Churchill's Folly is an essential book for readers eager to learn the history behind Iraq's formation and see how one man's decisions can threaten world peace decades later.

Baker
& Taylor

Tracing the troubles in Iraq back to Winston Churchill, the author explores the role of Britain's most beloved twentieth-century statesman in creating Iraq following the defeat of the Ottoman empire, drawing borders for a "nation" that was doomed to fail.

Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf Pub., 2004
ISBN: 9780786713516
0786713518
Branch Call Number: 956.7041 CAT
Characteristics: 267 p. : map ; 24 cm

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