The View from the Frontier
This introduction sets out the central tasks of this book: to piece together British activity in the deserts of the interwar Middle East. It begins with an act of reorientation, asking the reader to take in the view from the frontier and reconsider the region’s neglected desert ‘margins’ as hubs of activity in themselves. Having located the project within the latest scholarship on nomadic societies, global frontiers and borderlands, and networked approaches to Britain’s imperial past, this introduction presents the central characters in the book's narrative, and sets out the structure and methodology of what follows.
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