The Poisoned Well: Empire and its Legacy in the Middle East (Hardback)
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The Poisoned Well: Empire and its Legacy in the Middle East (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 15/08/2016
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Almost fifty years after Britain and France left the Middle East, the toxic legacies of their rule continue to fester. To make sense of today's conflicts and crises, we need to grasp how Western imperialism shaped the region and its destiny in the half-century between 1917 and 1967. Roger Hardy unearths an imperial history stretching from North Africa to southern Arabia that sowed the seeds of future conflict and poisoned relations between the Middle East and the West. Drawing on a rich cast of eye-witnesses - ranging from nationalists and colonial administrators to soldiers, spies, and courtesans - The Poisoned Well brings to life the making of the modern Middle East, highlighting the great dramas of decolonisation such as the end of the Palestine mandate, the Suez crisis, the Algerian war of independence, and the retreat from Aden. Concise and beautifully written, The Poisoned Well offers a thought-provoking and insightful story of the colonial legacy in the Middle East.

Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781849046398
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 216 x 136 mm


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'[Hardy] navigates the rocks and eddies of the region's history with a sure touch and brilliant eye for detail. In The Poisoned Well he provides a superb overview of events from the early 19th century ... Hardy skilfully zooms in on individual narratives, showing how major events were witnessed and influenced by observers at the time. His book is peopled with a variety of characters, great and humble, deftly sketched and brought to life.' * The Financial Times *
'Despite the familiarity of the subject matter, Mr Hardy provides us with a gripping and illuminating addition to this literature. He is even-handed throughout, passionate without being sentimental and has a great turn of phrase ... He also has a particular talent ... for simplifying complex situations on the ground for the benefit of his reader.' * The Economist *
'[Hardy] provides a concise and lucid historical survey, enlivened by the first-hand accounts of participants.' * The Tablet *

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“Outstanding book about the C20th history of the Middle East and North Africa”

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This is a really fascinating history of a part of the world that, to Western eyes nowadays, seems synonymous with violence,... More

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