By David Fromkin
The significantly acclaimed New York Times bestselling account of the way the fashionable center East got here into being after global battle I, and why it's in upheaval today
In our time the center East has confirmed a battleground of rival religions, ideologies, nationalisms, and dynasties. All of those conflicts, together with the hostilities among Arabs and Israelis that experience flared once more, come down, in a feeling, to the level to which the center East will proceed to reside with its political inheritance: the preparations, unities, and divisions imposed upon the area by way of the Allies after the 1st international War.
In A Peace to finish All Peace, David Fromkin unearths how and why the Allies got here to remake the geography and politics of the center East, drawing traces on an empty map that at last grew to become the recent international locations of Iraq, Israel, Jordan, and Lebanon. targeting the adolescence of 1914 to 1922, whilst all-even an alliance among Arab nationalism and Zionism-seemed attainable he increases questions about what could have been performed another way, and solutions questions on why issues have been performed as they have been. the present conflict for a Palestinian native land has its roots in those occasions of eighty five years ago.
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Extra resources for A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East
A s q u i t h and G r e y had no desire for Britain to e x p a n d further into the M i d d l e E a s t , while junior British officers in C a i r o and K h a r t o u m harbored d e s i g n s on the A r a b - s p e a k i n g provinces to their east. Both g r o u p s believed, however, that the O t t o m a n E m p i r e in the M i d d l e E a s t would collapse one day and that one or m o r e of the E u r o p e a n powers would have to pick up the pieces. T h i s a s s u m p t i o n — t h a t when the O t t o m a n E m p i r e d i s a p p e a r e d , E u r o p e would have to take its p l a c e — p r o v e d to be one of those m o t o r s that drive history.
B e g i n n i n g of the G r e a t G a m e until far into the twentieth m o s t deeply felt concern of British leaders was for the r o a d to the E a s t . When Q u e e n Victoria a s s u m e d the title of I n d i a in 1877 formal recognition was given to the Britain into a species of d u a l m o n a r c h y — t h e British the E m p i r e of I n d i a . T h e line between them was t h u s a over it, a n d casting a long s h a d o w , h u n g the s w o r d of British leaders s e e m e d not to take into account the possibility that, in e x p a n d i n g s o u t h w a r d s a n d e a s t w a r d s , the R u s s i a n s were impelled by internal historical imperatives of their own which h a d nothing to do with I n d i a or Britain.
1 2 3 T h e c o m i n g of the s t e a m s h i p h a d put O t t o m a n m a r i t i m e traffic largely in the hands of foreign i n t e r e s t s . S u c h as they were, the empire's few railway lines were also in foreign h a n d s . * T h e r e were few roads and still fewer a u t o m o b i l e s to m a k e use of t h e m : 110 in Constantinople and 77 elsewhere by 1914. T h e traditional f o r m of transportation w a s the caravan of c a m e l s , horses, mules, a n d animaldrawn carts—and it could not c o m p e t e against the foreign-owned 4 "It is a measure of the iow degree of development of the Ottoman Empire that in 1914, its 1,900,000 square kilometers had only 5,991 kilometers of railways," all of it single-track.