The Middle East Online, Series 2, Iraq 1914-1974

The Middle East Online Series delivers a central resource of primary source materials covering the political history of the Middle East in the 20th Century. Based on British Government and other files in the UK national archives, the series makes a major contribution to research and teaching of Middle East Studies, the workings of diplomacy, of conflict resolution and peace-keeping.      

Iraq, 1914-1974 offers a broad range of original source material from the Foreign Office, Colonial Office, War Office and Cabinet Papers covering the period from the Anglo-Indian landing in Basra in 1914 through the British Mandate in Iraq of 1920-32 to the rise of Saddam Hussein in 1974. Here major policy statements and other working documents are set out in context, the minor documents and marginalia revealing the workings of the mandate administration, diplomacy, treaties, oil and arms dealing. Photographs, colour maps from The National Archives and contemporary film help bring this vital strand of modern history to life.

ADM 199/446: operation regatta - indian brigade landing, july 1941ADM 199/146 naval operations in mediterranean 1940-2, north basra

Iraq, 1914-1974 contains an introduction by the editor Dr Charles Tripp, as well as newly-commissioned essays by leading scholars. These essays offer an insight into key themes and provide direct links to the documents mentioned and a means to access for students unfamiliar with the original materials. Topics covered include:
  • The British administration in Baghdad
  • Gertrude Bell, advisor to the British administration, in both reports and memos
  • The Arab Uprising of 1920
  • The Cold War and Soviet intervention in Iraq
  • Kurdish unrest and the war in Kurdistan
  • Oil concessions and oil exploration
  • The Rise of Baathism and Saddam Hussein
  • Iran-Iraq relations

* Photos reproduced by kind permission of the National Archives of the UK