By David Stevenson

ISBN-10: 0140268170

ISBN-13: 9780140268171

In the summertime of 1914 Europe exploded right into a frenzy of mass violence. The struggle that had worldwide repercussions, destroying 4 empires and costing thousands of lives. Even the positive international locations have been scarred for a iteration, and we nonetheless this day stay in the conflict's shadow. during this significant new research, released a few 90 years after the 1st international warfare begun, David Stevenson re-examines the explanations, direction and effect of this 'war to finish war', putting it within the context of its period and exposing its underlying dynamics. His booklet offers a wide-ranging foreign background, drawing on insights from the most recent learn. It deals compelling solutions to the main questions on how this poor fight spread out: questions that stay disturbingly correct for our personal time.

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Like previous kings, Abdullah is the most powerful and important decision-maker in the country, and he is the major figure in defining Jordanian priorities. Among the king’s numerous powers are the right to appoint governments (including a prime minister and cabinet), approve legislation, and dissolve Parliament. The king is also the Supreme Commander of the military and approves all promotions to the most senior positions in the military and security services. The king further appoints the members of the upper house of Parliament.

33The PFLP had previously called for the overthrow of the Jordanian monarchy in its charter and now sought to provoke a conflict between the guerrillas and the Jordanian government, which they viewed as fragile and illegitimate. This effort to ignite a confrontation seemed to be working. On September 6, the PFLP hijacked four Western-owned civilian passenger aircraft, which were forced to land in Jordan and then destroyed on September 12 after several hundred passengers were removed from the aircraft.

32. Abu Iyad with Eric Rouleau, My Home, My Land: A Narrative of the Palestinian Struggle (New York: Times Books, 1981), 57. 33. Shlaim, Lion of Jordan, 326. 34. Susser, 139. 35. Halevy, 23. 36. Ashton, ch. 9. 37. Chaim Herzog, The War of Atonement (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1975), 139–140. 38. “King, Iraqi Vice President Discuss Mideast Situation,” Jordan Times, July 1–2, 1979. 39. Marc Lynch, State Interests and Public Sphere: The International Politics of Jordan’s Identity (New York: Columbia University Press, 1999), 140.

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