"A Tragicomedy of Errors: British Shenanigans, WWI and the Creation of the Modern Middle East"

by Natalie Bowlus

Filmed at Ignite Budapest

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With the prevalence of the Middle East in the news today, it is hard to imagine that a hundred years ago the same area was nothing more than the site of an ongoing struggle for influence between the Great Powers (England, France and Russia). At the Paris Peace Conference the stage was set for the Modern Middle East; however, the solution that emerged in 1919 was vastly different than that imagined at the beginning of the war. This presentation seeks to take the audience from point A to point B and examine how the final outcome was a product of accident, ignorance and good old-fashioned clock-and-dagger, double-crossing diplomacy as much as design. Presented at Ignite Budapest #3, Cotton Club, March 3, 2010.

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