King Abdullah, Britain and the Making of Jordan

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 28, 1990 - History - 289 pages
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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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Contents

Prologue
1
Mecca and Istanbul
6
The Arab revolt
25
The creation of Transjordan
39
Settling in
60
Discovering the limits
85
Abdullah and Palestine 192139
103
War and politics
129
1948
168
The end of ambition
187
Epilogue
209
British high commissioners of Palestine
216
Prime ministers of Transjordan
217
Notes
218
Bibliography
267
Index
279

Abdullah Britain and the Arab world 19458
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