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Author Satia, Priya,
Title Spies in Arabia : the Great War and the cultural foundations of Britain's covert empire in the Middle East / Priya Satia.
Imprint Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.

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Author Satia, Priya,
Series ACLS Fellows' publications.
Subject Espionage -- Great Britain.
Espionage -- Middle East.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Secret service -- Great Britain.
Middle East -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- Middle East.
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 458 pages) : map
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 409-441) and index.
Contents Introduction -- War and hope. The foundations of covert empire ; The cultural world of the Edwardian agent ; The failure of empiricism and how the agents addressed it ; Cunning in war ; Imperial expiation -- Peace and terror. Official conspiracy theories and the wagers of genius ; Air control ; Covert empire ; Seeing like a democracy -- Conclusion.
Summary At the start of the 20th century, British intelligence agents began to venture in increasing numbers to the Arab lands of the Ottoman Empire, drawn by the twin objectives of securing the route to India and finding adventure and spiritualism in an antique land. 'Spies in Arabia' tracks the dilemma these two different objectives created.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780199715985 (electronic bk.)
019971598X (electronic bk.)
9780195331417 (hbk. ; alk. paper)
0195331419 (hbk. ; alk. paper)
9780199868070 (electronic bk.)
0199868077 (electronic bk.)
9780199734801
0199734801
OCLC # 227005126
Additional Format Print version: Satia, Priya. Spies in Arabia. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008 9780195331417 0195331419 (DLC) 2007028405 (OCoLC)154678447


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