Middle East Between the World Wars

Middle East Between the World Wars

Overview

 

In the aftermath of the First World War the Middle East experienced nationalism, decolonization, and religious strife. These peoples challenged the priorities and values of the Allied Powers in their crafting of peace treaties. Those treaties instead of stabilizing the Middle East left uncertainty and continued instability. During the interwar period new nations emerged, each trying to find its place in the diverse complex of ethnic groups and religions. As part of this process of nation building the principle imperial powers, Britain and France, had to negotiate a new path for their imperial interests in a period of accelerating decolonization.

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