Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East

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Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East

Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East

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Between 1910 and 1914 he worked as an archaeologist for the British Museum, chiefly at Carchemish in Ottoman Syria. His vision of the Middle East was, however, narrowed by the usual ethnic blinkers (cowardly Arabs, docile Jews), and he ended the war scheming irrelevantly. With detailed access to records and an in-depth knowledge, Lawrence of Arabia is at long last a true and full account of this mysterious adventurer who captivated the world. His story is exceptional: an archaeologist fascinated by the region, an excellent linguist who mastered Arabic as he became an admirer of the Arabs, and a man without military training who transformed himself into an outstanding solider – but Anderson shows how he became increasingly disgusted about what war meant, and what he was doing in it, leaving him deeply depressed in his post-war years. Lawrence was among the first to predict that it would not all be plain sailing for the Jews in their new home, telling Yale in 1917 that "if a Jewish state is to be created in Palestine, it will have to be done by force of arms amid an overwhelmingly hostile population".

I love the idea that each book is numbered and limited, they're extra special because they're personalised with those sought-after signatures, and they are not on tip-in pages. He hated bureaucratic work, writing on 21 May 1921 to Robert Graves: "I wish I hadn't gone out there: the Arabs are like a page I have turned over; and sequels are rotten things. Aqaba could have been attacked from the sea, but the narrow defiles leading through the mountains were strongly defended and would have been very difficult to assault.

Long before the war was won, Britain was negotiating the distribution of the Arab territories the Ottomans would lose if they were beaten. Anderson is a bleak but fair-minded historian, alive to the cynicism and prejudice that decided actions on all sides. Though it wasn’t just the fighting that left him traumatised, it was also the duplicity of the British Empire he was fighting for in what he came to think of as ‘the great loot’. He arrived several hours after the city had fallen, entering Damascus around 9 am on 1 October 1918; the first to arrive was the 10th Light Horse Regiment led by Major A. If you thought you knew all you needed to know about "Lawrence of Arabia", if only thanks to David Lean's epic film, think again.

Genau wie Lawrence und König Faisal von Syrian / Irak das schon 1918 vorausgesehen und schriftlich dokumentiert haben. In the spring of 1916, Lawrence was dispatched to Mesopotamia to assist in relieving the Siege of Kut by some combination of starting an Arab uprising and bribing Ottoman officials. Immediately after the war, he worked for the Foreign Office, attending the Paris Peace Conference between January and May as a member of Faisal's delegation. Revolt in the Desert was an abridged version of Seven Pillars that he began in 1926 and that was published in March 1927 in both limited and trade editions.Even now he is loathed by Turkish patriots because in 1916 he instigated a revolt that cost them their Arab possessions and boxed them into Asia Minor.

The son of the Governor resident in Dera'a at the time has been quoted as saying the narrative must be false, because Lawrence describes the Bey's hair, while in fact his father was bald. Neil Faulkner’s book, Lawrence of Arabia’s War: The Arabs, The British and The Remaking of The Middle East in WWI, is an attempt at a multi-dimensional analysis of the war in the Middle East.Review: August 10, 2008, Kingmakers: the Invention of the Modern Middle East, “Meddle East,” Alex von Tunzelmann, New York Times. Review: August 1, 2013, Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East. He assigned the copyright in The Mint and all Lawrence's letters to the Letters and Symposium Trust, [202] which he edited and published in the book T. In particular, he focuses on four extraordinary characters: T E Lawrence, the man we’ve come to know as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and who is the Lawrence of the book’s main title. The chief elements of the Arab strategy which Faisal and Lawrence developed were to avoid capturing Medina, and to extend northward through Maan and Dera'a to Damascus and beyond.

Their personalities, motivations and fates are enhanced by the author drawing on their own written works, deep archive study and multifarious other sources.The Ottoman attackers were mainly Arab peasants conscripted from the villages of Syria, and they faced Punjabi, Rajput and Gurkha regulars from Northern India. Lawrence was instrumental in establishing a provisional Arab government under Faisal in newly liberated Damascus, which he had envisioned as the capital of an Arab state. In the inter-war period, the RAF's Marine Craft Section began to commission air-sea rescue launches capable of higher speeds and greater capacity.

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