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Fighting World War Three from the Middle East : Allied contingency plans, 1945-1954 / Michael J. Cohen.

By: Material type: TextTextPublication details: London ; Portland, Or. : Frank Cass, c1997.ISBN:
  • 0714647209
  • 071464269X
Subject(s): DDC classification:
  • 355.033056 20
LOC classification:
  • U153
Contents:
1. American global strategy -- 2. The United States and the Middle East -- 3. The Middle East in British global strategy -- 4. The Strategic and Military importance of Palestine -- 5. The Egyptian Base - and alternative options -- 6. British plans for the defence of the Middle East -- 7. Israel's place in Allied Middle East plans -- 8. Regional defence schemes -- 9. The demise of the Egypt-centred strategy -- 10. The switch to the Northern Tier -- App. Costs of Maintaining the British base in Egypt, 1937-1953 00.
Summary: This book describes, for the first time, allied contingency plans for military operations in the Middle East, in the event of a global conflict with the Soviet Union. It argues that the diplomatic events and crises in the Middle East during the first decade after World War Two can be understood only in the context of the military and strategic assets sought by the allies in that region, in view of the perceived Soviet threat. Professor Cohen synthesises military and diplomatic thought during the crucial decade after World War Two and thus brings a new, comprehensive understanding of the major events of this decade; the Truman Doctrine; the protracted Anglo-Egyptian crisis; the first Arab-Israeli war; the Tripartite Declaration; and the formation of the Baghdad Pact. This valuable study places events in the Middle East within the wider context of the global geo-strategic balance, and the decline of British power. It records also the reluctance of the United States to do what eventually became inevitable - to take over Britain's traditional hegemony in the near and Middle East.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [331]-339) and index.

1. American global strategy -- 2. The United States and the Middle East -- 3. The Middle East in British global strategy -- 4. The Strategic and Military importance of Palestine -- 5. The Egyptian Base - and alternative options -- 6. British plans for the defence of the Middle East -- 7. Israel's place in Allied Middle East plans -- 8. Regional defence schemes -- 9. The demise of the Egypt-centred strategy -- 10. The switch to the Northern Tier -- App. Costs of Maintaining the British base in Egypt, 1937-1953 00.

This book describes, for the first time, allied contingency plans for military operations in the Middle East, in the event of a global conflict with the Soviet Union. It argues that the diplomatic events and crises in the Middle East during the first decade after World War Two can be understood only in the context of the military and strategic assets sought by the allies in that region, in view of the perceived Soviet threat. Professor Cohen synthesises military and diplomatic thought during the crucial decade after World War Two and thus brings a new, comprehensive understanding of the major events of this decade; the Truman Doctrine; the protracted Anglo-Egyptian crisis; the first Arab-Israeli war; the Tripartite Declaration; and the formation of the Baghdad Pact. This valuable study places events in the Middle East within the wider context of the global geo-strategic balance, and the decline of British power. It records also the reluctance of the United States to do what eventually became inevitable - to take over Britain's traditional hegemony in the near and Middle East.