British Government files on the Middle East from The National
Series Editor: Dr Eugene Rogan, The Middle East Centre, St
Antonyís College, University of Oxford.
The Middle East Online contains British Government files on the
Middle East from The National Archives of the UK. Each series in this
documentary presentation of the political history of the modern Middle East will cover a separate geographical region. Drawing on the expertise of the
external editors, chosen for their knowledge of the region covered, the most
pertinent files are selected from the 8,000,000 documents held at The National
Archives to present a vivid primary resource for researchers into the volatile
recent history of the region and its relations with the West.
Documents are selected from many government departments, most
significantly the Foreign Office, but also from the Maps and Plans Department,
Prime Ministerís Office, Cabinet Papers, War Office, Dominions Office, Colonial
Office, and most recently, the merged Foreign and Commonwealth Offices.
Each series includes contextual essays with links directly to the
documents, and other resources for teaching and learning.
Series 1: ††††††††† Arab-Israeli Relations 1917-1970
Series 2: ††††††††† Iraq 1914-1974
Series 3: ††††††††† Iran
Series 4: ††††††††† Jordan, Syria and Lebanon
Series 5: ††††††††† Egypt, Libya and Sudan
Series 6: ††††††††† French North Africa (Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia)
Series 7: ††††††††† The Gulf States
Series 8: ††††††††† Saudi Arabia
Series 9: ††††††††† Turkey
British Government files on the Middle East are extensive, as
anyone who has consulted them in The National Archives will recognise. For this
reason, the External Editor of each series of The Middle East Online has
selected the most relevant complete files for research on the politics and
history of each country or area. The files omitted tend to be ones dealing with
the more mundane issues which also occupied government and diplomatic time but
which do not throw any greater light on the politics and history of the period.
Note: each file selected is reproduced, as far as possible, in its entirety.
Scholars and students can visit The National Archives catalogue to
locate all the files available. See www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue