British Imperialism and The Tribal Question: Desert Administration and Nomadic Societies in the…

Hardcover | March 4, 2015

byRobert S. G. Fletcher

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British Imperialism and 'The Tribal Question' reconstructs the history of Britain's presence in the deserts of the interwar Middle East, making the case for its significance to scholars of imperialism and of the regionas past. It tells the story of what happened when the British Empire andBedouin communities met on the desert frontiers between the Mediterranean Sea and the Persian Gulf. It traces the workings of the resulting practices of desert administration from their origins in the wake of one World War to their eclipse after the next, as British officials, Bedouin shaykhs, andnationalist politicians jostled to influence desert affairs. Drawn to the commanding heights of political society in the regionas towns and cities, historians have tended to afford frontier margins merely marginal treatment. Instead, this volume combines the study of imperialism, nomads, and the desert itself to reveal the centrality of desert administrationto the working of Britain's empire, repositioning neglected frontier areas as nerve centres of imperial activity. British Imperialism and 'The Tribal Question' leads the shift in historiansa attentions from the familiar, urban seats of power to the desert hinterlands that have long beenobscured.

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British Imperialism and 'The Tribal Question' reconstructs the history of Britain's presence in the deserts of the interwar Middle East, making the case for its significance to scholars of imperialism and of the regionas past. It tells the story of what happened when the British Empire andBedouin communities met on the desert frontiers...

Robert Fletcher grew up in Colchester, Essex, and studied Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford. Between 2005 and 2007 he worked in Tokushima, Japan, before returning to Magdalen to read for a doctorate. He has held appointments as a Research Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, the Fleet Fellow at Princeton University, and as Pos...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.01 inPublished:March 4, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198729316

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The View from the FrontierPart I1. Asking 'the Tribal Question': The Royal Central Asian Society in the World2. Beating the Bounds: The Growth of British Desert AdministrationPart II3. Running the Corridor4. Making the Desert Bloom? Development, Ideology, and the Future of the SteppePart III5. Somewhat Light Soil: The Eclipse of British Desert AdministrationConclusion: Deserts, Nomads, and Empire in the Interwar World