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King Abdullah, Britain and the Making of Jordan

King Abdullah, Britain and the Making of Jordan

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  • Date Published: August 1990
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521399876

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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.

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    "Mary Wilson has provided us with a definitive study of King Abdallah/Abdullah, his relations with Britain and his role in the creation of Jordan, based on a thorough use of British, French, American, and Israeli archives, official reports, private papers and newspapers, as well as dissertations and printed sources." Canadian Journal of History

    "The perplexities of Abdullah's career are now much more intelligible, thanks to Mary C. Wilson, who has written a comprehensive study of Abdullah's entire public life based on as full an inventory of sources as is likely to be accessible for some time." International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 1990
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521399876
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.513kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of maps
    Note on transliteration
    1. Prologue
    2. Mecca and Istanbul
    3. The Arab revolt
    4. The creation of Transjordan
    5. Settling in
    6. Discovering the limits
    7. Abdullah and Palestine, 1921–39
    8. War and politics
    9. Abdullah, Britain and the Arab world, 1945–8
    10. 1948
    11. The end of ambition
    12. Epilogue
    Appendix I: British high commissioners of Palestine
    Appendix II: British residents in Transjordan
    Appendix III: Prime ministers of Transjordan

  • Author

    Mary Christina Wilson, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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