The last Great War

100 years ago this month, the European powers went to war. A new book provides a fresh look at how it transformed the Middle East.

August 7, 2014 16:52
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Australians wearing World War I fatigues ride horses during a reenactment marking the anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

In 1915 the British viceroy of India, Charles Hardinge, sent a telegram to London noting the prospects for a successful military campaign in Iraq.

“The capture of Baghdad would create an immense impression in the Middle East, especially in Persia, Afghanistan and on our frontier.”


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