Line in the Sand: Britain, France and the struggle that shaped the Middle East By. James Barr
Product code: 9781847394576 Simon & Schuster Ltd Syria Lebanon Iran
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- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; UK ed. edition (26 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 978-1847394576
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 French in 1941 and between the Arabs and Jews in 1948.
In 1946, after many years of intrigue and espionage, Britain 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 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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