This is a far-reaching study of how Britain's postwar Labour government attempted to sustain a vision of Britain as a world power. Committed to the liquidation of the old British Empire, the government sought to develop new relationships in the Middle East as a replacement for India, hoping to halt the decline of the Empire by putting it on a new basis. Caught between the forces of anti-British nationalism and American anti-colonialism, the attempt was ultimately destined to fail; but it marks a crucial phase in the story of British imperialism and of Middle Eastern history.
A magnificent and comprehensive new book....Mr. Louis unravels with compelling detail the way in which the British 'official mind' engaged in an imperial and strategic juggling act, as it sought to preserve national interest in an era of unprecedented global change. * The New York Times Book Review *
Number Of Pages: 824
Published: 19th December 1985
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5 x 4.5
Weight (kg): 1.06