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British Imperialism and ‘the Tribal Question’: Desert Administration and Nomadic Societies in the Middle East, 1919-1936

Robert S. G. Fletcher


This book reconstructs the history of Britain’s presence in the deserts of the interwar Middle East, making the case for its significance to scholars of imperialism and of the region’s past. It tells the story of what happened when the British Empire and Bedouin communities met on the desert frontiers between the Mediterranean Sea and the Persian Gulf, and traces the workings of the resulting practices of ‘desert administration’, from their origins in the wake of one world war to their eclipse after the next, as British officials, Bedouin shaykhs, and nationalist politicians jostled to influen ... More

Keywords: British Imperialism, Middle East, nomadism, borderlands, desert administration, frontiers, migration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198729310
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729310.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert S. G. Fletcher, author
Lecturer in Global and Imperial History, University of Exeter