The Middle East has long been a region of rival religions, ideologies, nationalisms, and ambitions. All of these conflicts — including the hostilities between Arabs and Israelis and the violent challenges posed by Iraq's competing sects — are rooted in the region's political inheritance: the arrangements, unities, and divisions imposed by the Allies after the First World War.
In A Peace to End All Peace, David Fromkin reveals how and why the Allies drew lines on an empty map that remade the geography and politics of the Middle East. Focusing on the formative years of 1914 to 1922, when all seemed possible, he delivers in this sweeping and magisterial book the definitive account of this defining time, describing how the choices narrowed and the Middle East began along a road that led to the conflicts and confusion that continue to this day.
A new afterword from Fromkin, written for this edition of the audio, includes his invaluable, updated assessment of this region of the world today, and on what this history has to teach us.
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A 30-year retrospective...but the narration?
A dreadful, ear piercing high pitch narration from the first sentence, that makes one wonder, why ? This artificial tone only self-corrects in Chapter 49, or at 75% of the book, thus a very late redemption for a torturous journey. In addition, “Chapter 49” was cited twice, once for the actual chapter, and again for Chapter 50.
This listener was aware of the book since its first print 30 years back, but had postponed reading/listening it until now, and until after reading similar books and conducting personal research.
While the book shoulders an almost impossible mission of explaining complex policies and their intriguing background , many details, certainly the by-product of meticulous research, seemed irrelevant.
Meanwhile, the “Peace” was a pioneering work and the first attempt to remind the Mideast to a post-Cold War world. Still, the analysis is correct that the war’s main target was the Ottoman Empire, that Paris 1919 was a disaster and their consequences contonie haunting us.