Editor: Dr Charles Tripp,
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Series Editor: Dr Eugene Rogan,
Middle East Centre, St Antony's College, University of Oxford
The Middle East Online series delivers a central resource of primary source
materials covering the political history of the Middle East in the 20th Century.
Based on British Government and other files in the UK national archives, the series
makes a major contribution to research and teaching of Middle East Studies, the workings
of diplomacy, of conflict resolution and peace-keeping.
Iraq 1914-1974, offers a broad range of original source material from the Foreign Office,
Colonial Office, War Office and Cabinet Papers covering the period from the Anglo-Indian
landing in Basra in 1914 through the British Mandate in Iraq of 1920-32 to the rise of
Saddam Hussein in 1974. Here major policy statements and other working documents are
set out in context, the minor documents and marginalia revealing the workings of the
mandate administration, diplomacy, treaties, oil and arms dealing. Photographs and colour maps, as well as contemporary
film, help bring this vital strand of modern history to life.
The Introduction and newly-commissioned essays by leading
scholars offer an insight into key themes: they provide direct links to the documents
mentioned and a means of easy access for students unfamiliar with the original materials.
Topics covered include:
- The British administration in Baghdad
- Gertrude Bell, advisor to the British administration, in both reports and memos
- The Arab Uprising of 1920
- The Cold War and Soviet intervention in Iraq
- Kurdish unrest and the war in Kurdistan
- Oil concessions and oil exploration
- The Rise of Ba’athism and Saddam Hussein
- Iran-Iraq relations