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Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Line in the Sand: Britain, France and the Struggle That Shaped the Middle East (Taschenbuch)
James Barr picks the story of ,A Line in the Sand` up where he left it in ,Setting the Desert on Fire` - the infamous Sykes-(George-)Picot-Agreement providing the basis for the disasters that were to ensue from it. Commercial (Turkish Petroleum Company, bifurcated pipeline to Haifa and Syria) and imperial/colonial considerations drove the British (Mesopotamia and Palestine) and the French (Lebanon and Syria) to conclude (short-lived) alliances with each other (Churchill and de Gaulle) only to stab each other in the back as soon as an opportunity permitted it (the French supporting the Jewish resistance against British occupation with arms, shelter and information, the British supporting Lebanese and Syrian movements to drive the French out of the Levant).
The struggle in the Middle East between the British and the French had no winners - both were to leave as their `empires' fell apart.
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