France's Middle Eastern Ambitions, the Sykes-Picot Negotiations, and the Oil Fields of Mosul, 1915-1918

@article{Fitzgerald1994FrancesME,
  title={France's Middle Eastern Ambitions, the Sykes-Picot Negotiations, and the Oil Fields of Mosul, 1915-1918},
  author={Edward Peter Fitzgerald},
  journal={The Journal of Modern History},
  year={1994},
  volume={66},
  pages={697 - 725}
}
  • E. Fitzgerald
  • Published 1 December 1994
  • History
  • The Journal of Modern History
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