A Middle East Historical Overview, to 1947

  • George McGhee

Abstract

The Middle East* has historically been of great strategic importance as a land bridge between three continents — a traditional route of empire. To this already key position was added [in 1869] the Suez Canal, permitting sea passage across shorter routes and, more recently, were made available landing and transit rights for intercontinental air flights. The area is also the single greatest repository of oil in the world, possessing 70 per cent of proven world reserves and yielding 34 per cent of world production. The importance of Middle East defence results from the unique combination of these strategic factors.

Keywords

Europe Amid Syria Assure Turkey 

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© George McGhee 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • George McGhee

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations