Winston Churchill began his career as a junior officer and war correspondent in the North West borderlands of British India, and this experience was the beginning of his long relationship with the Islamic world. Overturning the widely-accepted consensus that Churchill was indifferent to, and even contemptuous of, matters concerning the Middle East, this book unravels Churchill's nuanced understanding of the edges of the British Empire. Warren Dockter analyses the future Prime Minister's experiences of the East, including his work as Colonial Under-Secretary in the early 1900s, his relations with the Ottomans and conduct during the Dardanelles Campaign of 1915-16, his arguments with David Lloyd- George over Turkey, and his pragmatic support of Syria and Saudi Arabia during World War II.Challenging the popular depiction of Churchill as an ignorant imperialist when it came to the Middle East, Dockter suggests that his policy making was often more informed and relatively progressive when compared to the Orientalist prejudices of many of his contemporaries.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 392
Weight: 655 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 38 mm
"An enlightening and original account of an important and neglected aspect of Churchill's strategic and political world-view. It forces us to rethink what we know about the origins of the modern Middle East. Essential reading for Churchill scholars and general readers alike." - Richard Toye, author of Churchill's Empire and The Roar of the Lion, Professor of Modern History,University of Exeter; "Warren Dockter has written the first comprehensive account of Churchill's lifelong and many-sided engagement with the Muslim world. Combining meticulous research with insight and imagination, he restores to its rightful place a theme of crucial importance for the assessment of the great man's character and career." - Paul Addison, author of Churchill: The Unexpected Hero, Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh; "A panoramic and insightful overview of Churchill's lifelong relationship with the Muslim world which reveals it to be both more complex and more interesting than is generally portrayed." - Allen Packwood, Director of the Churchill Archives Centre University of Cambridge; "Warren Dockter's timely and important book has illuminated Churchill's relationship with the Islamic world which has previously been so misunderstood. It is necessary reading for Churchill scholars and anyone interested in the Middle East. Truly a work of monumental scholarship." - Boris Johnson, author of The Churchill Factor; "Re-establishes Churchill as a figure of key importance to the Islamic World in the Twentieth Century" - Explaining History Podcast; 'A useful work, above all because it deals in detail with two figures who helped shape his [Churchill's] preconceptions.'- WM. Roger Louis, Times Literary Supplement.