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.