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From Suez to Yemen, understanding the UK’s long history of interference in the Middle East

Why are we so resented? It's not hard to work out

By David Wearing   March 2019
Theresa May meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman © NurPhoto/SIPA

Theresa May meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman © NurPhoto/SIPA


The British elite has been agonising over its place in the world for as long as anyone can remember. In the years after the Second World War, the process of downgrading from empire to second-tier global power was just beginning, and in Lords of the Desert James Barr provides a dramatic, absorbing account of how this played out in that most tempestuous and strategically significant of regions:…

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