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A Line in the Sand: Britain, France and the struggle that shaped the Middle East [Anglais] [Relié]

James Barr
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4 août 2011
In 1916, in the middle of the First World War, two men secretly agreed to divide the Middle East between them. Sir Mark Sykes was a visionary politician; François Georges-Picot a diplomat with a grudge. The deal they struck, which was designed to relieve tensions that threatened to engulf the Entente Cordiale, drew a line in the sand from the Mediterranean to the Persian frontier. Territory north of that stark line would go to France; land south of it, to Britain. Against the odds their pact survived the war to form the basis for the post-war division of the region into five new countries Britain and France would rule. The creation of Britain's 'mandates' of Palestine, Transjordan and Iraq, and France's in Lebanon and Syria, made the two powers uneasy neighbours for the following thirty years.
Through a stellar cast of politicians, diplomats, spies and soldiers, including T. E. Lawrence, Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle, A Line in the Sand vividly tells the story of the short but crucial era when Britain and France ruled the Middle East. It explains exactly how the old antagonism between these two powers inflamed the more familiar modern rivalry between the Arabs and the Jews, and ultimately led to war between the British and the French in 1941 and between the Arabs and the Jews in 1948.
In 1946, after many years of intrigue and espionage, Britain finally succeeded in ousting France from Lebanon and Syria, and hoped that, having done so, it would be able to cling on to Palestine. Using newly declassified papers from the British and French archives, James Barr brings this overlooked clandestine struggle back to life, and reveals, for the first time, the stunning way in which the French finally got their revenge.

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'With superb research and telling quotations, Barr has skewered the whole shabby story...The convulsion of that fateful line in the sand are still being felt today - not only in the Middle East, but throughout the world' --Michael Binyon, The Times
'Racy... [Barr] is right to assert that few British readers grasp the ferocity of Anglo-French antagonism in the Levant' --Max Hastings, Sunday Times --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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  • Relié: 464 pages
  • Editeur : Simon & Schuster (4 août 2011)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1847374530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847374530
  • Dimensions du produit: 16,5 x 24,3 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Une lecture enrichissante et captivante 26 octobre 2012
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Ouvrage bien structuré et documenté, permettant au lecteur averti mais non spécialiste une meilleure compréhension de la genèse des conflits qui agitent le Proche Orient. Qui a prétendu que l'histoire ne repassait pas les plats ?
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Disapointed 9 mai 2014
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This is more of a history text-book or a student's reference book than a "good read". It falls into the trap which many such publications fall into, namely crediting the reader with a much greater knowledge and understanding of the underlying facts, issues, personalities and organisations than most non-academic readers, however interested in the subject, possess. This makes for very heavy going. No doubt a fine production but a little to esoteric for the majority of readers.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 thoroughly entertaining review of one of the most tempestuous periods in modern history 27 avril 2014
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James Barr's enthralling tale is well told and even better researched as it takes us through the tortuous roads of colonial intrigue that finally releases the forces and tensions of the modern Middle East. The book depicts both Britain and France as the midwives of the state of Israel whose rivalries also gives birth to the grotesque and grissly monsters that has become today's Syria, Iraq and of course Palestine. Highly recommended to anyone who would like to understand the political and social dilemmas facing middle eastern politicians and populace would try to work for a lasting peace in the Region. If ever there is an expose of the thoroughly discredited policies of colonial conquest and rule, this book demonstrates it in an understated and thoroughly human way. Highly recommended
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Colonial Rivalry 22 septembre 2012
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Barr reveals just how caustic the jealousies of the colonial rivals, France and Britain, were in the first part of the 20th century. It is fascinating to observe how the petty conceits of a national leader can affect the history of nations. I was surprised at how far the British went to appease de Gaulle, while they were actually supposed to be allies. The book was entertaining in the way it recorded surreptious methods in which the actual characters on the ground in Syria and Palestine circumvented the constraints of Whitehall to do what was best in Britain's interest. Intriguing!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent 11 juin 2014
Par Patrick J elliott - Publié sur Amazon.com
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An excellent and compelling read of the modern history in Israel, Syria, Jordan and Palestine. Provides insights to current political challenges
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Line in the Sand. Britain, France and the Struggle That Shaped the Middle East. James Barr. 28 janvier 2013
Par Raymond Parsons - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have already got a copy of this book & this edition.I bought a second one for my grandson

This is an excellent but complex account of events that followed the Paris Peace Conference in the Hall of Mirrors, at which the creation of the various countries after WW1 was implemented following the break up of the Ottoman Empire.

The chapters covering the Sykes-Picot agreement are well drafted. The book gets more complicated after that and is heavy going. It is not the best book I have read on the politics of the middle east, but it is still worthwhile.

The USA, Britain, France and all the other countries who invaded the Middle East should read this book. It explains the background and outlines the reasons for all the current wars in Iraq, Israel and the Arab world.

Lawrence of Arabia promised the Arabs their own country after the break up of the Ottoman Empire. They now hate the west because of being betrayed by the outcome of the Treaty of Versailles. We need to address the perceived injustices that have created Al Queda.

Unfortunately, as with Northern Ireland and the Israeli-Palestine conflict the West has tried to enforce their solutions on the Arabs. I fear matters have gone too far with the cascading of conflict down the generations.

I think this may lead to WW 3 with Al Queda.
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