In The Anglo-Arab Labyrinth. The McMahon-Husayn Correspondence and its Interpretations 1914-1939.

Kedourie, Elie.

Book ID: 26924

ISBN:      0521208262


8vo. xii, 330 pp., [3 adverts], 2 maps, cloth in lightly faded & rubbed round edges d/w, biblio, index, copy inside clean & in very good condition, Cambridge University Press, first edition, 1976.


Part 1: The Quicksand: Cairo, London and the Sharif of Mecca, Kitchner, Grey and the Arab Question, mysteries of the McMahon-Husayn correspondence. Part 2: The Fly in the Fly-Bottle: Husayn interprets McMahon’s promises, 1916-17, Sykes, Picot and Husayn, Wingate, Hogarth and Husayn, varieties of official historiography I – the Arab Bureau, Nicholson, Toynbee, the correspondence in the peace-settlement – Faisal and Young, varieties of official historiography II – the Colonial Office, McMahon, Childs, the Foreign Office wrestles with the correspondence – Baggallay’s hour. Epilogue: knowledge, power and guilt. Appendix: in the Anglo-Arab labyrinth – genesis of a history. The McMahon-Husayn correspondence is here examined in historical context to determine why it was so obscure and what lay in the minds of those who drafted it. The McMahon-Husayn correspondence has been at the heart of Anglo-Arab relations since World War I.

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