Kurds, Arabs and Britons - The Memoir of Wallace Lyon in Iraq 1918-44, edited with an introduction by D.K Fieldhouse
Published by I.B. Tauris in 2002, 238 pages. Hardback with Dust jacket (N3842)
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Wallace Lyon was Provincial Administrator and Administrative Inspector in northern Iraq - an area known unofficially as 'Kurdistan' - between 1918 and 1945. His job was to administer what at the time was a fairly wild and remote province, while protecting the Kurds from a predatory and unstable Iraq and safeguarding British imperial interests in the area. The posting would have been impossible but for an in-depth understanding of natural respect for the family, tribal and religious ties that defined the area's complex social structures. Nor would it have been possible without Lyon's personal courage and immediate empathy for the people of the region......
Lyon was deeply committed to his job and to the British Empire that he served, and as British Imperial power waned his posting in the Kurdish north - so vital in geopolitical manoeuvring, provided him with the perfect vantage point from which to watch its decline.