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From Empire to Nation: Some Reflections on Elie Kedourie’s “Version” of the Sykes-Picot Agreement and Other British Moments in the Middle East

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Haya Bambaji-Sasportas

Intellectual and historian Elie Kedourie (1926–1992) was one of the most prominent historians of the modern Middle East in the post–World War II British academy. He graduated from the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and served as a faculty member there until his retirement in 1991. His work was dedicated to political theory and the intellectual and diplomatic history of both British policy in the Middle East and Arab nationalism. This article seeks to to capture the way his agency was woven into his historiography and into his intellectual, academic and personal biographies.