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Title: Winston Churchill and the Islamic world, 1895-1956
Author: Dockter, Albert Warren
ISNI:       0000 0004 2745 6032
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2012
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This dissertation examines Winston Churchill's relationship with the Islamic world from 1895 to 1956. It reveals the extent to which Churchill's military and political life became intrinsically connected to the Islamic world, from his tours on the North West frontier in India and Sudan to his position as Colonial Secretary in the early 1920s, and then again during the Second World War and after. By examining Churchill's entire career, this dissertation places Churchill in the context of colonial discourse and reveals the extent to which orientalism influenced his opinions and policies in the Islamic regions of the British Empire. It demonstrates that in the Victorian era, Churchill's thinking was relatively progressive in his imperial understanding of the Islamic world. By the post-World War Two era, however, these paternalistic views seemed almost reactionary. The dissertation indicates that for much of his career Churchill was not, as conventionally deemed, indifferent to matters in Islamic regions and even contemptuous of Islam. In so doing, it critiques the large body of work surrounding Churchill's relationship with the Empire, but more importantly, it addresses historiographical voids regarding Churchill's attitude towards the Islamic Middle East and the Islamic World in general. By addressing these voids, this dissertation complements the existing literature surrounding Churchill and the Middle East.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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