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British Imperialism and ‘the Tribal Question’Desert Administration and Nomadic Societies in the Middle East, 1919-1936$
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Robert S. G. Fletcher

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198729310

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729310.001.0001

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The View from the Frontier

British Imperialism and ‘the Tribal Question’

Robert S. G. Fletcher

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   British Imperialism, Middle East, nomadism, borderlands, desert administration, networks

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