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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Review: June 30, 2000, Lawrence of Arabia: A Film’s Anthropology, Felicity Collins, La Trobe University, Screening the Past. 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.

One of the doctors attending him was neurosurgeon Hugh Cairns, who consequently began a long study of the loss of life by motorcycle dispatch riders through head injuries. David Fromkin, A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East. G. Hogarth as a trustee, in which he made over the copyright and any surplus income of Revolt in the Desert. The intertwined paths of these four young men – the schemes they put in place, the battles they fought, the betrayals they endured and committed – mirror the grandeur, intrigue and tragedy of the war in the desert. The festive holidays are the perfect time to escape the cold, cosy up with a hot drink and lose yourself in a new book.

At the Arab Bureau, Lawrence supervised the preparation of maps, [54] produced a daily bulletin for the British generals operating in the theatre, [55] and interviewed prisoners. Lawrence attended the City of Oxford High School for Boys from 1896 until 1907, [14] where one of the four houses was later named "Lawrence" in his honour; the school closed in 1966. Soon after the outbreak of war in 1914 he volunteered for the British Army and was stationed at the Arab Bureau (established in 1916) intelligence unit in Egypt. He had been a frequent visitor to their home, Oakers Wood House, and had corresponded with Louisa Frampton for years.

From his first postings as archaeologist, liaison and map officer, to fighting alongside guerrilla forces during the Arab Revolt.

While Mahon Murphy finds this a vividly written attempt to understand the totality of the conflict, he questions whether the focus on Lawrence obscures some of the study’s more interesting strands of analysis. The last hurrahs of fading empires, Ottomans, German, British, French are explained as they fought over territories that they had no rightful claim over and populations who only wanted to be left to themselves. French novelist André Malraux admired Lawrence but wrote that he had a "taste for self-humiliation, now by discipline and now by veneration; a horror of respectability; a disgust for possessions".

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