All listings for this product
About this product
- DescriptionDuring the darkest days of the Second World War a select group of people gathered together in Mayfair to listen to a series of secret lectures organised by the Royal Central Asian Society (w the Royal Society for Asian Affairs). Lecturers and their hand-picked audience examined fast-moving events in the Middle East, Persia and Russia with the intention to propose strategies for Britains post-war international role. The lecturers were chosen for their inside kwledge of these countries: a British General who had visited Russias front-line held against the German invasion; an RAF officer who was in Iraq during the pro-German coup by Rashid Ali, and the subsequent defence of the Habbaniya air base; a Persian-speaking British diplomat stationed in Teheran; a Mancunian of Lebanese descent who spoke frankly about Arab hopes and fears; a Home Officer advisor sent to Moscow to inspect its fire-watching arrangements; and a Polish countess forcibly transported to a collective farm in Siberia, among others. Secrecy surrounded these lectures many of the scripts were marked Secret or Confidential; they were t published in the Societys Journal, and the audience was warned t to reveal the topics discussed outside the Clarges Street premises. The discussions which followed the lectures were held in the kwledge that frank views could be freely expressed, and are included in this volume. Although so much has changed in the international arena, these seventy-year old lectures, only recently rediscovered in the Societys Archives, have a peculiar poignancy and relevance in understanding todays unquiet Middle East and how war-time events and strategies were to shape post-war policy with regard to Arab nationalism and Arab unity.
- Author BiographyRosie Llewellyn-Jones is archivist at the Royal Society for Asian Affairs. She is an historian, who read languages and gained her PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. She has worked in Saudi Arabia and travelled extensively, including the overland route through Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan in the 1970s. She has published a number of books, mainly on colonial history in the Indian sub-continent. She is a tour leader for Martin Randall Travel in Bengal and Secretary of the British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia.
- PublisherSussex Academic Press
- Date of Publication01/02/2015
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationBrighton
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintSussex Academic Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight288 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Edited byRosie Llewellyn-Jones
Best-selling in Textbooks
Save on Textbooks
- AU $68.00Trending at AU $81.09
- AU $166.94Trending at AU $170.17
- AU $105.90Trending at AU $117.55
- AU $98.79Trending at AU $108.59
- AU $104.89Trending at AU $106.99
- AU $49.76Trending at AU $52.38
- AU $92.78Trending at AU $105.54
This item doesn't belong on this page.
Thanks, we'll look into this.