Caught in a Web - Mesopotamia in British Imperial Policy from 1914 Until 1921

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Caught in a Web - Mesopotamia in British Imperial Policy from 1914 Until 1921

Type: Master thesis
Title: Caught in a Web - Mesopotamia in British Imperial Policy from 1914 Until 1921
Author: Ibrahim, C.
Issue Date: 2017
Keywords: Britain
British Empire
Mesopotamia
Iraq
World War I
Imperialism
Abstract: In a relatively short time Great Britain founded Iraq out of the three Ottoman vilayets Mosul, Baghdad and Basra. When British forces went ashore in Mesopotamia in a hurry to fight the Ottoman Empire because it had joined the First World War as one of the Axis, many policy issues had not been clarified yet. Too often did not only the army and the political officers on the ground, but the government officials in London as well work without a clear goal in mind. The question that begs to be asked is who was responsible for the policy in Mesopotamia. Hence, this is a study of the interaction within the British Empire during and right after World War I and its effects on policy development in Mesopotamia. When you zoom in on the British Empire, you will notice a diverse range of interests. This world encompassing Empire was not a monolith. Different regions and different political entities had conflicting ideas on the future of Mesopotamia. This thesis analyzes the British Empire itself to understand the confusion and contradictions in British policy-making following 1914 by leaving the core-periphery binary often assumed in imperialist historiography, and by paying attention to the webbed character of empires; multiple metropoles connected in a competing network.
Supervisor: Stremmelaar, A.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Middle Eastern Studies (Master)
Specialisation: Modern Middle East Studies
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/51439
 

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