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Britain and Arab Unity: A Documentary History from the Treaty of Versailles to the End of World War II


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British attitudes towards Arab unity have frequently been a source of controversy. Younan Labib Rizk here provides a coherent Arab perspective derived from considerable in-depth research into British archives, covering the period 1919 to 1945. His analysis reveals how British government policy was formed in this period and concludes that repeated British administrations were consistent in their concern and hostility towards the notion of Arab unity. While this conforms with traditional Arab views of British policy in the Levant and the Arabian Peninsula, the importance of Rizk's work lies in his meticulous research through which he is able to document British attitudes and motivations. As he quotes the internal correspondence between departments and individual officials in the Foreign Office and its Eastern Department, the Colonial Office and several British Cabinets, Rizk shows that divisions within the Arab world - of which there were plenty - were nurtured by British officials, only eventually to acquire their own dynamic. This book enhances our understanding of how the international politics of the region evolved during a critical phase in the modern history of the Middle East.

About the Author

Younan Labib Rizk (1933-2008) was Professor of History at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, and Director of Historical Studies at the Institute of Research and Arab Studies. He was also a respected commentator on the contemporary Arab world with a regular column in Al Ahram.

Table of Contents


1. Britain's Divisive Role Prior to 1919

2. Indianisation of the Gulf

3. The Isolation of Egypt

4. The Judaisation of Palestine

5. The Arab Kingdom 1919-23

6. Arab Unity during World War I

7. The Arab Kingdom

8. The Arab Confederation

9. The Arab Conference 1931-3

10. The Islamic Conference in Jerusalem

11. The Arab Conference in Baghdad

12. Between Arab Unity and Pan-Arabism 1936-41

13. Pan-Islamism-Arabism

14. Pouring over the Concepts

15. The Impact of the War

16. British Policy Towards Arab Unity During World War II

17. 1941-3

18. New Planning

19. Economic Cultural Unity

20. Convening the Arab Conference

21. Britain and the Establishment of the Arab League 1943-5

22. The Preparatory Meeting

23. The Antoniadis Conference

24. Issuing the Charter





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Rizk, Younan Labib
I. B. Tauris & Company
General History
Middle East - General
World History-Middle East
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History and Social Science » World History » Middle East
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