Enemy on the Euphrates: The British Occupation of Iraq and the Great Arab Revolt, 1914-1921

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Between July 1920 and February 1921, in the territory known as Mesopotamia - now the modern state of Iraq - an Arab uprising came perilously close to inflicting a shattering defeat upon the British Empire. A huge peasant army led by Shi'i clerics, Baghdad notables, disaffected sheikhs and former Ottoman army officers surrounded and besieged British garrisons with sand-bagged entrenchments; British columns and armoured trains were ambushed and destroyed; and well-armed British gunboats were sunk or captured. The quest for oil was central to Britain's Middle East policy during the First World War and was one of the principal reasons for its continuing occupation of Iraq. However, with around 131,000 Arabs in arms at one stage of the conflict, the British were very nearly driven out. Only a massive infusion of Indian troops and the widespread use of aircraft prevented a total rout. Enemy on the Euphrates is the definitive history of the first British occupation of Iraq and the revolt against it in 1920 - the most serious armed uprising against British rule in the twentieth century. Using a wealth of primary sources, Ian Rutledge brings central players such as Winston Churchill, Arnold Wilson, T.E. Lawrence, Gertrude Bell and Sir Mark Sykes vividly to life in this gripping account.

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About the Author:

Ian Rutledge is an economist and historian. A graduate of the University of Cambridge where he received his PhD in Economic History, Rutledge is Research Director and co-founder of the Sheffield Energy Resources Information Services (SERIS). He has taught at the Universities of London and Sheffield and for the Workers' Educational Association (WEA). His other publications include Addicted to Oil: America's Relentless Drive for Energy Security. He lives in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

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'Material with acute relevance to the crisis now tearing Iraq to pieces' Robert Fisk, Independent 'Readers will find plenty of food for thought in Ian Rutledge's well-crafted and lively account - While offering abundant detail on military operations, lines of communications and warfare tactics, Enemy on the Euphrates also makes for a very lively and human-centred read of imperial history ... Rutledge's account displays a novelist's taste for intrigue, espionage, gunboat diplomacy, personal hardship and murder' BBC History Magazine 'An excellently produced book that admirably succeeds in illuminating an important episode in British imperial history' History Today 'This brilliant book reveals the folly and delusion of invading Iraq. Read it and shudder' Nicholas Ran kin, author of Churchill's Wizards: The British Genius for Deception 'The description of the military campaign is masterful ... maintains a high level of suspense' Peter Sluglett, author of Britain in Iraq: Contriving King and Country 'As the legions of ISIS set up their proto-Caliphate in Iraq, the word 'prescience' comes forcibly to mind' The Oldie 'Rutledge does an excellent job of conveying the logistical difficulties confronting any military leadership, let alone one operating thousands of miles from home and in physically challenging and hostile enemy territory ... deserving of a wide readership' Middle East Journal 'A timely reminder of how we got here - [The] horrible familiarity to all this is what makes this such an important book' The National 'Thought provoking - I like to think this book might find a place on the shelves of the libraries of RUSI, Sandhurst or West Point' War History Online 'Much of Enemy on the Euphrates reads like a great adventure story ... A rare combination of in-depth information, fairness of analysis and readability, reinforced by excellent maps' Jordan Times 'Eye-opening, fascinating, brilliantly-written - Excellent' The Long, Long Trail: The British Army in the Great War of 1914-1918 'Fascinating, lively and very readable' Charles Tripp, author of The Power and the People: Paths of Resistance in the Middle East 'Anyone seeking an understanding of the role of oil in shaping modern Middle Eastern history will want to read this book' Michael Klare, author of The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources

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Verlag: Saqi Books Apr 2014 (2014)
ISBN 10: 0863567622 ISBN 13: 9780863567629
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Buchbeschreibung Saqi Books Apr 2014, 2014. Buch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - Definitive account of the first British occupation of Iraq, and the revolt against it in 1920, bringing central players such as Winston Churchill and T.E. Lawrence to light. 503 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780863567629

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