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HI4306 Britain, the Near East and the Second World War: Diplomacy and Strategy towards Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Afghanistan during the Second World War

Daily Mail, 18 August 1941: public opinion is prepared for the Anglo-Soviet invasion of neutral Iran (image copyright British Cartoon Archive)

Module Organiser: Professor Eunan O'Halpin
Duration: Michaelmas term
Contact hours: 2 hours per week
Weighting: 10 ECTS
Assessment: 80% examination, 20% essay 20% Essay; 80% Examination

This module explores the strategic, geopolitical and security dilemmas facing Britain in the Near East during the Second World War. It pays particular attention to her dealings with five weak, new, neutral and overwhelmingly Muslim states adjoining her own colonial and imperial territories. Each of these states were also courted and threatened by the Axis powers, which attempted to manipulate Islamic as well as on anti-British sentiment, while the Soviet Union took a marked and, before June 1941, in British eyes a deeply unwelcome interest in the region generally and particularly in her immediate neighbours Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan.

The module will draw extensively on primary sources including selections of British and American records, and published diaries and memoirs.


Last updated 5 April 2017 History (Email).