I must confess to having read this book in errorI bought it unseen to further my knowledge about the First World War Mesopotamian campaign It cover it but only it unseen to further my knowledge about the First World War campaign It does cover it but only passing Instead it tells an eually compelling story one of British military and diplomatic bungling and duplicity in modern day Ira As an example of how not to win the hearts and minds of host communities it would be hard to beat and all in the uest for oilfelds that never returned on their early potential Read it and weep This book prides itself on being the definitive account of the Irai uprising and from what I ve seen it does a good ob of presenting an eual and neutral account of the event The Empire expandsIn many ways the book is shocking It shows the arrogance and plain cruelty of the British elite in pursuing territorial gain using military methods that were common in Medieval times That involved creating scorched earth whereby whole villages were burnt down their inhabitants including women and children killed together with their livestock while crops were burnt In order to take control of Ira the British carried out those same policies only using modern euipment and in particular airplanes that could unopposed bomb villages and tribesman There was complete disregard of innocent lives being wasted Officers had a much sympathy for the Natives as the SS had for Poles or Russians in WW2 and like them some Commanders literally revelled in the success of what they were doing At first the war was aimed at the Turks but once the World War finished the Government had realised that the enormous oil deposits near Mosul were worth hanging A good survey that contextualize. Between July 1920 and February 1921 in the territory known as Mesopotamia now the modern state of Ira an Arab uprising came perilously close to inflicting a shattering defeat upon the British Empire A huge peasant army surrounded and besieged British garrisons with sand bagged entrenchments; British columns and armoured trains were ambushed and destroyed; and well.
Ian Rutledge ☆ 5 Free downloadIncisive without ever stooping to sensationalism His grasp and analysis of the complexities of the situation is excellent I would recommend this book for anyone interested in the Middle East or simply in the limits and dangers of applying overwhelming military power to situations that call for a political solution Ira s struggle for independenceThe modern revisions of history shed new light on those orthodox and usually whitewashed texts included in the general curricula Truth is difficult to pin down when only personal or political acceptable viewpoints are available Rutledge has used many sources and written a believable account Of This Mainly Ignored this mainly ignored in Irai history Very readable interesting a As the blurb on the in Irai history Very readable interesting a As the blurb on the of the book says It is the definitive account of the most serious uprising against british of the most serious uprising against British in the 20th centuryGreat book that brings multiple sources and accounts to a mostly forgotten part of WW1The race for oil was onthis I knew But the haphazzard an dysfunctional way the race was undertaken by the British is eye openingThe flight within the British Governmentwell the India office and Middle East department cost thousands of lives needlesslyThat said they were in a part of the world of which they knew little though they couldparaphrase their colonial expertise and didn t listen to the one woman who actuallyknew the area the most Gertrude BellMy favourite area of the world all the key players and my hero GertrudeMind you the book has caused me to take pause and rethink about GertrudeWhile I am not that happy about this I am determined to find out Nothing like finding out your hero is something like a human. Widespread use of aircraft prevented a total rout Enemy on the Euphrates is the definitive account of the first British occupation of Ira and the revolt against it in 1920 Using a wealth of primary sources Ian Rutledge brings central players such as Winston Churchill Arnold Wilson TE Lawrence Gertrude Bell and Sir Mark Sykes vividly to life in this gripping accoun. ,
S events in the Near and *British Arab Relations From The Beginning Of *Arab relations from the beginning of century to the end of the First World War KOBOBOOKS I chanced upon mention of this book while I was reading an article by Robert Fisk in The Independent discussing the situation in Syria and Ira in early June 2014Fisk observed Rutledge has researched Britain s concern about Shia power in southern Ira where Basra s oil lies material with acute relevance to the crisis now tearing Ira to piecesAs the activities of ISIS have escalated and their rule has spread throughout Syria and Ira a thorough understanding of the background to the situation in the region sheds thorough understanding of the background to the situation in the region sheds light on current eventsRutledge s book provides an excellent history of the region in the aftermath of the Sykes Picot agreement at two levels first of all he gives a thorough narrative of the causes and the course of the Arab Revolt against the British rule in Ira in 1920 As he points out Indeed the insurrection in Ira of 1920 measured in enemy combatant numbers was the most serious armed uprising against British rule in the twentieth century At the height of the rebellion the British estimated that around 131000 Arabs were in arms against themSecondly he provides a great deal of detail about the patchwork of tribal and religious groupings and loyalties that covered the region at the time many of which persist to this day He spends considerable effort explaining the motivations and aims of the insurrection and makes it clear that it was well organized and well led and its successes were a deep cause of embarrassment to Britain the world superpower of the dayRutledge s style is accessible and. Armed British gunboats were sunk or capturedThe uest for oil was central to Britain's Middle East policy during the First World War and was one of the principal reasons for its continuing occupation of Ira However with around 131000 Arabs in arms at one stage of the conflict the British were very nearly driven out Only a massive infusion of Indian troops and the.