New PDF release: A Line in the Sand: Britain, France and the struggle that

By James Barr

ISBN-10: 1847374530

ISBN-13: 9781847374530

ISBN-10: 1847394574

ISBN-13: 9781847394576

In 1916, in the midst of the 1st global battle, males secretly agreed to divide the center East among them. Sir Mark Sykes used to be a visionary flesh presser; François Georges-Picot a diplomat with a grudge. The deal they struck, which was once designed to alleviate tensions that threatened to engulf the Entente Cordiale, drew a line within the sand from the Mediterranean to the Persian frontier. Territory north of that stark line could visit France; land south of it, to Britain. The construction of Britain's 'mandates' of Palestine, Transjordan and Iraq, and France's in Lebanon and Syria, made the 2 powers uneasy neighbours for the subsequent thirty years.

Through a stellar forged of politicians, diplomats, spies and squaddies, together with T. E. Lawrence, Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle, A Line within the Sand vividly tells the tale of the quick yet the most important period while Britain and France governed the center East. It explains precisely how the outdated antagonism among those powers infected the extra typical sleek competition among the Arabs and the Jews, and finally ended in warfare among the British and French in 1941 and among the Arabs and Jews in 1948.

In 1946, after a long time of intrigue and espionage, Britain succeeded in ousting France from Lebanon and Syria, and was hoping that, having performed so, it'd be capable of dangle directly to Palestine. utilizing newly declassified papers from the British and French files, James Barr brings this clandestine fight again to existence, and divulges, for the 1st time, the beautiful manner within which the French ultimately received their revenge.

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