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Churchill and the Islamic World: Orientalism, Empire and Diplomacy in the Middle East
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Churchill and the Islamic World: Orientalism, Empire and Diplomacy in the Middle East (Paperback)

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Winston Churchill began his career as a junior officer and war correspondent in the North West borderlands of British India, and this experience was the beginning of his long relationship with the Islamic world. Overturning the widely-accepted consensus that Churchill was indifferent to, and even contemptuous of, matters concerning the Middle East, this book unravels Churchill's nuanced understanding of the edges of the British Empire. Warren Dockter analyses the future Prime Minister's experiences of the East, including his work as Colonial Under-Secretary in the early 1900s, his relations with the Ottomans and conduct during the Dardanelles Campaign of 1915-16, his arguments with David Lloyd-George over Turkey, and his pragmatic support of Syria and Saudi Arabia during World War II. Challenging the popular depiction of Churchill as an ignorant imperialist when it came to the Middle East, Dockter suggests that his policy making was often more informed and relatively progressive when compared to the Orientalist prejudices of many of his contemporaries.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsColonialism & imperialismHistory & PoliticsMilitary HistoryHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyMiddle Eastern historyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsReligious groups: social & cultural aspectsIslamic studies Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 17/10/2019 ISBN-13: 9781788319249  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Warren Dockter is Lecturer in International Politics at Aberystwyth University and has been a Research Fellow in History at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. He has authored one book which was longlisted for the Hessell-Tiltman History Prize and have edited another. He holds a PhD, an MA, and two BAs (history and Political Science). He regularly contributes to the Daily Telegraph and the Western Mail, on British History, Winston Churchill, US/UK relations, and the Trump administration.

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