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Dislocating the OrientBritish Maps and the Making of the Middle East, 1854-1921$
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Daniel Foliard

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226451336

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226451473.001.0001

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Falling Into Places

Falling Into Places

(p.233) Chapter Eight Falling Into Places
Dislocating the Orient

Daniel Foliard

University of Chicago Press

This chapter sets out to assess the effects of the militarization of the region’s cartography during the first world war. It calls into question the traditional assumption that the “Middle East” only became an effective category during the Second World War. It reconsiders the history of the creation of the Middle East Department in the Colonial Office and demonstrates that the carving of a new regional entity was one the determining features of the project of a "third Empire". It also demonstrate how maps became both technocratic tools for decision makers and vehicles for propaganda and justifications during the post-1918 peace settlements.

Keywords:   First World War, Paris Peace Conference, T. E. Lawrence, cartographic propaganda, anthropology of diplomacy, Gallipoli, David Hogarth, Valentine Chirol, Alfred Thayer Mahan

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