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Thu, 13 Jan|
Winston S. Churchill & the Shaping of the Middle East, 1919-1922
Sara Reguer offers a detailed look at Churchill’s actions in the Fertile Crescent, Palestine and Mesopotamia (modern Israel, Jordan, and Iraq), rather than the broader sweep including Turkey, Egypt, and Persia (Iran).
Time & Location
13 Jan 2022, 20:00 – 14 Jan 2022, 21:30
About the event
Sara Reguer is a history professor of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College.
The author focuses on January 1919 to October 1922 when Churchill served in the cabinet of his “frenemy” David Lloyd George. He served first as Secretary of State for War and Air and then as Secretary of State for Colonies. In the latter, Churchill addressed the imbroglio following Britain’s defeat of the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East.
Sara Reguer offers a detailed look at Churchill’s actions in the Fertile Crescent, Palestine and Mesopotamia (modern Israel, Jordan, and Iraq), rather than the broader sweep including Turkey, Egypt, and Persia (Iran). She clearly did a substantial amount of archival research. We read extensive excerpts from letters, telegrams, memos, and meetings minutes, especially those written by Churchill. Yet Reguer is adamant that this is not a biography of Churchill. She poses two primary questions: Do individuals like Churchill make history? Are historical events bound by the present situation or merely by chance.
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