David McDowall

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David McDowall


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David McDowall has lived and worked in various parts of the world: in Hong Kong, Iraq, the Lebanon and Austria, serving in HM Forces, the British Council and the United Nations. He has traveled widely in the Near East and has written extensively on both British and Middle Eastern history, in particular on the Palestine Question, the Lebanese conflict, and the Kurds of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. He now writes walkers' guides to some of Britain's historic landscapes. He is married to the writer Elizabeth Laird. ...more

Average rating: 3.83 · 535 ratings · 48 reviews · 27 distinct worksSimilar authors
An Illustrated History of B...

3.64 avg rating — 289 ratings — published 1989 — 4 editions
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A Modern History of the Kurds

4.10 avg rating — 155 ratings — published 1958 — 9 editions
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Britain in Close-Up

3.64 avg rating — 33 ratings — published 1993 — 2 editions
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The Kurds: A Nation Denied

4.31 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 1992 — 2 editions
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Hampstead Heath: The Walker...

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3.89 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2006 — 2 editions
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Bute

4.50 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 2010
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The Kurds

4.80 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1997 — 2 editions
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The Palestinians: The Road ...

4.80 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1986 — 5 editions
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Palestine and Israel: The U...

3.80 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1990 — 3 editions
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Richmond Park, The Walker's...

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“Until modern times it was as easy to travel across water as it was across land, where roads were frequently unusable.”
David McDowall, An Illustrated History of Britain

“After the First World War it was natural that some Europeans should try to create a European union that would prevent a repetition of war. A few British people welcomed the idea. But when France proposed such an arrangement in 1930, one British politician spoke for the majority of the nation: "Our hearts are not in Europe; we could never share the truly European point of view nor become real patriots of Europe. Besides, we could never give up our own patriotism for an Empire which extends to all parts of the world... The character of the British people makes it impossible for us to take part seriously in any Pan-European system.”
David McDowall, An Illustrated History of Britain

“After becoming a member in 1973, Britain's attitude towards the European Community continued to be unenthusiastic. Although trade with Europe greatly increased, most British continued to feel that they had not had any economic benefit from Europe. This feeling was strengthened by the way in which Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher argued for a better financial deal for Britain in the Community's affairs. The way in which she fought won her some admiration in Britain, but also anger in many parts of Europe. She welcomed closer co-operation in the European Community but only if this did not mean any lessening of sovereignty. Many Europeans saw this as a contradiction.”
David McDowall, An Illustrated History of Britain



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