The 'lost' city re-emerged on August 22nd, 1812

James Barker reveals how parsimony and muddle in Whitehall in the first years of the British Mandate in Palestine almost led to disaster in August 1929.

Richard Cavendish explains how plans for a coup against King Hussein ibn Talal of Jordan eventually melted away on April 13th, 1957.

On August 11th, 1952, the Jordanian parliament declared that King Talal was suffering from schizophrenia and was unfit to rule and that Hussein was now King of Jordan.

Richard Cavendish describes the events leading up to Jordan's annexation of the West Bank, on April 24th, 1950.