Thomas Martin

in Empires of Intelligence

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780520251175
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933743 | DOI:

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The extension of imperial hegemony of France and Britain throughout most of the Arab world after 1919 was a direct consequence of the outcome of the war. The intensification of international crises over the course of the next twenty years bore directly on the capacity of these imperial powers to keep their empires intact in the face of mounting internal opposition. Fear of dissent therefore preoccupied officials in Europe in the Muslim states stretching from the southern littoral of the Mediterranean to the Middle Eastern mandates forged in the deal making of World War I. European authority over indigenous populations was variously disputed. They suggest that political policing and intelligence gathering were driven by a recognition of the limits of colonial state power in societies governed through systems of uneasy clientage and elite cooption.

Keywords: hegemony; France; Britain; Arab; war; dissent; Europe; Muslim; political policing; intelligence gathering

Chapter.  4835 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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