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Desert Hell: The British Invasion of Mesopotamia

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The U.S.-led conquest and occupation of Iraq have kept that troubled country in international headlines since 2003. For America s major Coalition ally, Great Britain, however, this latest incursion into the region played out against the dramatic backdrop of imperial history: Britain s fateful invasion of Mesopotamia in 1914 and the creation of a new nation from the shards ...more
Hardcover, 591 pages
Published March 31st 2011 by Belknap Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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THIS BOOK IS an exquisite history of the excruciatingly difficult, perhaps pointless, often disastrous British invasion and occupation of Mesopotamia between 1914 and 1924. The publisher calls it a “cautionary tale for [today’s] makers of national policy.” I’m not so sure. Read more...
Christopher Saunders
Oct 14, 2012 Christopher Saunders rated it really liked it
Detailed history of one of WWI's most obscure (and pointless) sideshows. Townshend understandably focuses on the campaign's hardships: poor planning (military and political), inadequate provisions and medical care, hostile climate and a determined enemy. A modern reader will be astonished at how haphazard British strategy was, evolving from active defense to ad hoc conquest. Townshend invites comparisons with the recent Anglo-American adventure in Iraq but a close reading of his text highlights ...more
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Jan 06, 2016 Bobby24 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book expertly written ,I have read numerous books on WW1 but never about what happened in "Iraq" ,its absolutely amazing to read such complete similarity's with the debacle of 2003 ,it is a scandal that those politicians and military people either did not know what happened before or simply ignored it ,..however the fact remains the lessons were all there ,shame so many good people had to die AGAIN and that it has now led to the destabilisation of a large part of the world .

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The story of Britain's misbegotten conquest of Mesopotamia in World War I. Here are some of the roots of today's instability in the region.
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Charles Townshend FBA (born 1945) is a British historian with particular expertise on the historic role of British imperialism in Ireland and Palestine.

Townshend is currently Professor of International History at Keele University. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2008.
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