Negotiations took place primarily between the British and the French as imperial
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Negotiations took place primarily between the British and the French as imperial and economic interests (i.e. oil) took precedence over the ideals of self-determination of the native populations.
The squabbling over the boundaries and leadership of these new successor states resulted in the creation of artificial states that had insufficient regard for ethnic and/or historic realities.
For this discussion read the two articles and consider the following:
How would you reconcile the ethnic differences in determining state boundaries? Consider cultural, religious, geographical, and historic dimensions. Should ethnicity have been a consideration in the formation of the new states of Iraq and Palestine? Why or why not?
Anglo-French Negotiations over the Boundaries of Palestine, 1919-1920:
Creating Nations, Establishing States: Ethno-Religious Heterogeneity and the British Creation of Iraq in 1919-23: