The Heart of the Middle East is a classic account of the history and culture of Iraq.  Written in 1925 at the height of the colonial era, it offers a unique insight into a complex past that continues to influence events today.  Beginning with the earliest known inhabitants of what was called Mesopotamia, Coke describes Roman-Persian rivalry in the area, collaspe of both Persia and Constantinople before the onset of the Arabs, the golden age of Abbassid Caliphate, the coming of the Turks and, with their decline, the coming of the English, the rise in the Middle East of European influence generally and the parallel rise a reborn Arab nationalism.  

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chapter Chapter I|12 pages

Early Days

chapter Chapter II|11 pages

The Roman-Persian Rivalry

chapter Chapter III|14 pages

The Coming of the Arab

chapter Chapter IV|13 pages

The Division of Islam

chapter Chapter V|13 pages

The Golden Age

chapter Chapter VI|10 pages

Life in the Golden Age

chapter Chapter VII|15 pages

The Coming of the Turk

chapter Chapter VIII|18 pages

The Coming of the English

chapter Chapter IX|22 pages

The Coming of the German

chapter Chapter X|17 pages

The World War

chapter Chapter XI|19 pages

The Year of Hope

chapter Chapter XII|16 pages

The Year of Disillusion

chapter Chapter XIII|21 pages

The People of the Country

chapter Chapter XIV|19 pages

The Creation of the New State

chapter Chapter XV|12 pages

The Organization of the Executive

chapter Chapter XVI|17 pages

Money, Water, Field and Road

chapter Chapter XVII|13 pages

Health and Education

chapter Chapter XVIII|13 pages

Industry and Business

chapter Chapter XIX|11 pages

Social Life

chapter Chapter XX|15 pages

The Dawn of a To-Morrow