A peace to end all peace

the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the creation of the modern Middle East

635 pages

English language

Published Sept. 5, 2001 by Henry Holt.

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Traces Great Britain's influence on Middle East politics since World War I, and describes Britain's changing interests in the region.

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David Fromkin's a Peace to End All Peace repays reading at least a second time. It is perhaps somewhat old fashioned in its sweeping historical narrative, but it offers a keen analysis of the final collapse of the Ottoman Empire during World War I and the subsequent disastrous settlement of 1922, seen from a British perspective and centered around the career of Winston Churchill. Largely absent is the perspective of the Arabs caught between the anvil of Ottoman Rule and the hammer of the British invasion. For all that, it provides a fascinating and insightful perspective into the motivations that drove the Allies in their campaign to destroy the the Ottoman Empire and assume control of its Arab provinces.

The exhausted postwar allies, primarily Britain and France, bickered amongst themselves as they carved up the Arab Middle East into arbitrary territories governed by weak puppets. Ironically, it was the champion …


  • Politics and government
  • Foreign relations


  • Great Britain
  • Middle East