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Lords of the Desert: Britain’s Struggle with America to Dominate Middle East

James Barr Interviewed by Peter Frankopan

Monday, 30 March 2020

6:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£7 - £12.50

Historian James Barr talks about his book about how Britain and the United States rivalled each other for post-war influence in the Middle East, in conversation with fellow historian and bestselling writer Dr Peter Frankopan.

Barr uses new source material to challenge the assumption that the US and Britain have colluded in the Middle East. He reveals how CIA officer Kim Roosevelt sabotaged British efforts to maintain a post-war sphere of influence that threatened US-owned oil company Aramco and how British explorer Wilfred Thesiger worked as a scout for Aramco’s British rival the Iraq Petroleum Company. He shows how the US foiled a British attempt to split Iran in 1951, uncovers the clandestine efforts of British intelligence and explains how the US ultimately prevailed.

Barr has worked in politics at the Daily Telegraph, in the City and at the British Embassy in Paris. He is a visiting fellow at King’s College, London, and author of A Line in the Sand. Frankopan is author of several acclaimed works of history including The Silk Roads: A New History of the World and The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World. He is professor of global history at the University of Oxford and director of the Centre for Byzantine Research.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden