We talked a little bit recently about World War I and the British-Hashemite alliance that was forged during the Arab Revolt against the Ottomans. The whole history of that relationship is a fascinating one, because both parties were dependent on one another while also being perpetually fed up with each other. At one time or another the Hashemites, with British assistance, were the preeminent Arab political power in Arabia, (Trans)Jordan, Syria, and Iraq. In hindsight we know that the Hashemites lost everything but Jordan, so clearly they didn’t have a great run in the post-war period.
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