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King Abdullah, Britain and the Making of Jordan : Cambridge Middle East Library - Mary Christina Wilson

King Abdullah, Britain and the Making of Jordan

Cambridge Middle East Library

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Published: 27th August 1990
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Because of his role in the partition of Palestine, King Abdullah has always been one of the most controversial figures in modern Middle Eastern history. This book is the first in-depth description and analysis of the historical and personal circumstances that made him so significant. Abdullah, a son of the Sharif of Mecca and a member of the Ottoman elite, emerged after the First World War as a contender for power in a Middle East dominated by Britain owing to his alliance with Britain in the Arab revolt. To his disappointment, he ended up in the arid territory of Transjordan. Within the constraints of British interests, he was left to make something of his lot. Since Transjordan had little to draw on to resist total dominance by Britain, Abdullah spent the remainder of his life looking for a role, a clientele, or a stable balance of interests that would allow him a future independent of British fortunes. He found all three after 1948 when, in conjunction with the creation of Israel, he came to rule the portion of Palestine known as the West Bank.

'Mary Wilson has produced a painstakingly well-researched political biography of Abdullah which seeks to reassess the man and politician and place him in the context of his time. In doing so, she has challenged the conventional wisdom of Abdullah as a wise, astute and benign figure. It is little wonder that her book is being avidly read and argued over in Jordan today.' Middle East International

List of illustrationsp. xi
List of mapsp. xiii
Note on transliterationp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Prologuep. 1
Mecca and Istanbulp. 6
The Arab revoltp. 25
The creation of Transjordanp. 39
Settling inp. 60
Discovering the limitsp. 85
Abdullah and Palestine, 1921-39p. 103
War and politicsp. 129
Abdullah, Britain and the Arab world, 1945-8p. 151
1948p. 168
The end of ambitionp. 187
Epiloguep. 209
Appendices
British high commissioners of Palestinep. 216
British residents in Transjordanp. 216
Prime ministers of Transjordanp. 217
Notesp. 218
Bibliographyp. 267
Indexp. 279
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ISBN: 9780521399876
ISBN-10: 0521399874
Series: Cambridge Middle East Library
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 27th August 1990
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.56 x 15.39  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.48