chapter  3
Disparate political evolution of Middle Eastern countries
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When one examines the political evolution of the core area in the Middle East and its peripheries in this century one observes that this differed from country to country. One also observes that at one stage, or period, the political evolution of a country or several of them occurred in isolation from the others, or followed a different course. I shall therefore summarize the political evolution of these countries chronologically,' dealing with all of them at once at each stage, taking first the period up to the Great War and its aftermath, and the inter-war years. Then I shall describe briefly events in Turkey, Iran, Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula, the Fertile Crescent and Palestine during and after the Second World War until the nineteen-fifties.