The critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling account of how the modern Middle East
came into being after World War I, and why it is in upheaval today
In our time the Middle East has proven a battleground of rival religions, ideologies,
nationalisms, and dynasties. All of these conflicts, including the hostilities between Arabs
and Israelis that have flared yet again, come down, in a sense, to the extent to which the
Middle East will continue to live with its political inheritance: the arrangements, unities,
and divisions imposed upon the region by the Allies after the First World War.
In A Peace to End All Peace, David Fromkin reveals how and why the Allies came to remake
the geography and politics of the Middle East, drawing lines on an empty map that eventually
became the new countries of Iraq, Israel, Jordan, and Lebanon. Focusing on the formative
years of 1914 to 1922, when all-even an alliance between Arab nationalism and Zionism-seemed
possible he raises questions about what might have been done differently, and answers
questions about why things were done as they were. The current battle for a Palestinian
homeland has its roots in these events of 85 years ago.
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