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May 17, 2016

The Map That Changed the Middle East (1916)

The Sykes–Picot Agreement map: the map that changed the Middle East.
It was an enclosure in the French ambassador Paul Cambon’s letter to Sir Edward Grey, dated 9th May 1916. Seven days later the two would sign the Sykes–Picot Agreement, a secret agreement between the the UK and France outlining, according to the lines on the map, how they would carve up the Middle East should the Ottoman Empire be defeated in the First World War. The Ottomans were indeed defeated two years later and the rest, as they say, is history: a complicated, sad, and very bloody history. | The Public Domain Review

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 17, 2016 12:36 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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It was actually the treaty of sevres that partitioned the Ottoman empire.

Posted by: Ray [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 18, 2016 9:50 AM

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