Today in Middle Eastern history: the 14 July Revolution (1958)

We’ve talked recently about the British-Hashemite alliance that was forged in the Arab Revolt against the Ottomans during World War I. On the basis of that alliance, the Hashemites briefly became the dominant political force in the Arab world. At one time or another the Hashemites, with British assistance, were the preeminent Arab political power in Arabia, (Trans)Jordan, Syria, and Iraq. But after the 14 July 1958 coup that toppled their monarchy in Iraq, the family had lost everything except Jordan.

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