By Priya Satia
On the sunrise of the 20th century, British intelligence brokers started to enterprise in expanding numbers to the Arab lands of the Ottoman Empire, a quarter of an important geopolitical value spanning present-day Iraq, Jordan, Syria, and Saudi Arabia. They have been drawn via the dual pursuits of securing the land path to India and discovering experience and spiritualism in a mysterious and old land. yet those competing wants created a drawback: how have been they to discreetly and patriotically assemble proof in a zone they have been attracted to for its mythical inscrutability and through the promise of reputation and get away from Britain?
during this groundbreaking publication, Priya Satia tracks the intelligence community's tactical grappling with this challenge and the myriad cultural, institutional, and political results in their methodological offerings in the course of and after the good struggle. She tells the tale of the way an imperial kingdom in thrall to the cultural notions of equivocal brokers and beset by means of an both captivated and more and more assertive mass democracy invented a unconditionally new kind of "covert empire" founded at the world's first brutal aerial surveillance regime in Iraq. Drawing on a wealth of archival sources--from the fictitious to the lately declassified--this booklet explains how Britons reconciled real moral scruples with the particular violence in their center japanese empire. because it vividly demonstrates how imperialism was once made healthy for an more and more democratic and anti-imperial global, what emerges is a brand new interpretation of the army, cultural, and political legacies of the good conflict and of the British Empire within the 20th century.
Unpacking the romantic fascination with "Arabia" because the land of espionage, Spies in Arabia
provides a stark story of poetic ambition, battle, terror, and failed redemption--and the prehistory of our current discontents.