United States Naval Institute Proceedings Volume 47

United States Naval Institute Proceedings Volume 47

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...Persia and Afghanistan the British influence has been upset by the Bolsheviks, operating from their propaganda base for the east at Tashkend. A great deal of submerged political conflict had its evidence in the 'murder of the Emir of Afghanistan and of his being followed by another prince more favorable to the British. There was announced, shortly after the war, a British treaty with Persia which practically gave to them the entire supervision of the country. This has been more or less compromised by the landing of the Bolsheviks at Enzeli on the Caspian Sea and of theirpenetration south from that point. Farther to the west the English have taken over the mandate for Mesopotamia, established their headquarters at Bagdad, and assumed control of the rich oil region at Mosul. ' i i It has been necessary to maintain a very large British army in this district ever since the armistice. The fightingiof the natives for independence has been no less active here than in the French district of Syria or farther northaround the Greek port of Smyrna. The British line from Basra, the entry port at the mouth of the Eu-' phrates river, to Bagdad has been repeatedly cut, and in response to objections in the Parliament to the expenses of the campaign the British have decided to abandon the country, except for a small districtaround the mouth of the river called the Vilayet of Basra. I However they have created in their rear the '" Kingdom of Irak," which is the name given to the district about Bagdad, and have giventhe kingship to 'a native chief loyal to them, named Emir Abdullah. ' I I I The entire situation in the Near East is extremely complicated. and if you will take the map which accompaniesethis article in your hand, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 912 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 46mm | 1,592g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236942035
  • 9781236942036