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20 FROM THE OUTBREAK IOF NTRODUCTION WAR TO THE CAIRO CONFERENCE 13 British Administrative Policy and Imperial Thinking The first instructions regarding the future of Mesopotamia were issued in March 1917; their general tone did not cause the administrators on the spot to make any significant changes in their practice. But increasingly, as other pressures made themselves felt, the bureaucratic controls in place in the Occupied Territories came in for severe criticism. The problem became more acute following the entry of the United States into the war in the autumn of 1917, and more particularly after the publication of President Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points in January 1918.

For his part Balfour was anxious to cover up as much as he could for the others: . . Crossing the Bosphorus we come to [Turkey in Asia]. It is here that the secret treaties between the Allies come in most prominently. They have agreed to give Russia a sphere of influence in Armenia and the Northern part. The British take in Mesopotamia and the (region which is) closest to Egypt. . This is all bad, and I told Balfour so. They are making it a breeding ground for future war. I asked what the spheres of influence included.

If . . Sir Arnold Wilson’s policy, which was the policy of H. M. Government, was not the brilliant thing we then thought it, the fact still remains that H. M. ’42 Slow Progress towards Settlement Looking back at the immediately post-war period in the Middle East, it seems almost incredible that two years should have elapsed between the Armistice of Mudros and the installation of Sir Percy Cox in Baghdad in the autumn of 1920 with virtual carte blanche to try to save the situation. The delays have been variously explained, for the period has been extensively researched and well documented from the papers and memoirs of two of the principal actors in the drama, Gertrude Bell and A.

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