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The British occupation of Mesopotamia, 1914-1922

Ulrichsen, Kristian Coates (2007) The British occupation of Mesopotamia, 1914-1922. Journal of Strategic Studies, 30 (2). pp. 349-377. ISSN 0140-2390

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Identification Number: 10.1080/01402390701248780


During World War I the military campaign in Mesopotamia placed enormous demands on local man- and animal power to provide the logistical resources vital to its conduct. This required the British civil and military authorities to construct a wartime state apparatus that filled the administrative vacuum left by the retreating Ottomans and made possible its downward penetration and mobilisation of local resources for the war effort. This article examines the interaction of politics and logistics in Mesopotamia and views the enhanced wartime levels of resource extraction in light of the British attempts to codify their presence in the country after 1918 and the nationalist backlash that resulted.

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Additional Information: © 2007 Taylor and Francis Group
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DR Balkan Peninsula
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2009 13:06
Last Modified: 20 May 2021 00:45

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