A Line in the Sand: Britain, France and the struggle that shaped the Middle East Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In 1916, in the middle of the First World War, two men secretly agreed to divide the Middle East between them. Sir Mark Sykes was a visionary politician; François Georges-Picot a diplomat with a grudge. The deal they struck, which was designed to relieve tensions that threatened to engulf the Entente Cordiale, drew a line in the sand from the Mediterranean to the Persian frontier. Territory north of that stark line would go to France; land south of it, to Britain. Against the odds their pact survived the war to form the basis for the postwar division of the region into five new countries Britain and France would rule. The creation of Britain's 'mandates' of Palestine, Transjordan and Iraq, and France's in Lebanon and Syria, made the two powers uneasy neighbours for the following 30 years.
Through a stellar cast of politicians, diplomats, spies and soldiers, including T. E. Lawrence, Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle, A Line in the Sand vividly tells the story of the short but crucial era when Britain and France ruled the Middle East. It explains exactly how the old antagonism between these two powers inflamed the more familiar modern rivalry between the Arabs and the Jews and ultimately led to war between the British and the French in 1941 and between the Arabs and the Jews in 1948.
In 1946, after many years of intrigue and espionage, Britain finally succeeded in ousting France from Lebanon and Syria and hoped that, having done so, it would be able to cling on to Palestine. Using newly declassified papers from the British and French archives, James Barr brings this overlooked clandestine struggle back to life and reveals, for the first time, the stunning way in which the French finally got their revenge.
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 7 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||29 November 2018|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio UK|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 7,965 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
7 in French History
15 in World War I History (Books)
16 in Middle Eastern History (Audible Books & Originals)
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Now the political intrigues are interesting, but they are really just one side of it all. What I was hoping for was more work on synthesising and explaining how the actions of the higher echelons of politics affected the people on the ground. I also think that it is important to summarise and contextualise works like this better. It helps piece the puzzle together rather than being left with the knowledge that “it was messy and complicated”.
Maybe this is harsh, maybe I wasn’t in the mood or didn’t give this book a proper shot and the attention it deserved to take more away from it, but after reading it all I can’t help but feel that I’m not that much further along in my understanding of this part of history as I was before.
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It turns out, from this amazing account, that he may have been overestimating American involvement.
This must be the definitive version of how we got from Sykes-Picot to British withdrawal from Palestine. It's a very dark and dirty story with very few heroes but a great many villains.
France and Britain vied for dominance in the Middle East with no holds barred. Each subverted the other via clandestine support for uprisings. The British 'succeeded' in causing France to be pushed out of the region only for the French, especially the Free French, to exact a murderous revenge by supporting the Zionists in every way they could.
This book should be compulsory reading for anyone interested and/or involved in the bloody mess of the Middle East today.
I was astonished by the revelations of the fighting between the British and the French , when , supposedly , at war with a common enemy in Germany and Turkey. General De Gaulle seems to have spent more time , and energy, fighting Churchill , and the Vichy French in Syria , than the Germans.
The revelation that the leader of the "Stern gang" seriously attempted an alliance with Germany to persuade (terrorise) the British out of Palestine, with the help of the French secret service , displays the prejudice and cynicism at the heart of the Anglo-French conflict in the Arab world.
An excellent book revealing the black visceral contempt between the British and the French in the middle east .