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By Paul W. T. Kingston

In an traditionally expert critique of improvement information, Paul Kingston examines Britain's overseas relief software within the heart East within the Forties and Fifties. concentrating on the debates between British specialists, their American competitors, and center jap technocrats over improvement coverage, the writer increases very important questions about the character of the advance approach within the heart East and 3rd international ordinarily. The publication will be of curiosity to improvement practitioners and to students in improvement reports, in addition to to scholars of heart East and imperial background.

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8 million loan to Iraq to finance the foreign exchange needs of the Wadi Tharther project.

Officials from the Treasury, however, warned the conference that too activist a stance could precipitafe an excessive and potentially disastrous demand for repayment beyond Britain's ability to supply either the goods or the foreign currency. If anything, therefore, this pointed to the need for limiting rather than hastening the pace of economic development in the postwar Middle East, something to which there are repeated references in the minutes of the conference. It also reinforced the point made earlier by Lord Altrincham that any British activity in this field would have to be based on local initiative.

London, of course, continued to emphasize that the problem was mainly one of policy within Iraq. While this was to some extent justified, it should not obscure the fact that Baghdad was being denied capital which was rightfully hers and which could have helped to compensate for the crisis. If sterling balances were not freely available in the immediate postwar period and if Britain's industrial capacity was far from being able to supply the Middle East with capital goods needed for development, why make the link between sterling and development in the Middle East in the first place, particularly if these constraints were recognized when the original policy was formulated?

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