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Drawing the Outlines of the Middle East: A History Rooted in Bad Faith

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Monday, October 18, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0634
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The Camel Corps at Beersheba (Library of Congress)

It is impossible to comprehend the conflicts in the Middle East without understanding the machinations of British diplomacy during World War I.  To enhance their cause during the war, British leaders made a series of conflicting promises to Arab leaders, French diplomats, and Zionist representatives regarding the future of the Middle East. The British pledged to help establish an Arab empire, then offered to divide the same land with the French--while also declaring that His Majesty’s government viewed with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.

Join historian Ralph Nurnberger as he shares the fascinating cast of characters involved in the often-contradictory secret negotiations, as well as how the results contributed to more than a century of conflicts in the region and the establishment of the modern states of Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq.

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