Lawrence of Arabia's War

Lawrence of Arabia's War

The Arabs, the British and the Remaking of the Middle East in WWI

Book - 2016
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Rarely is a book published that revises our understanding of an entire world region and the history that has defined it. This groundbreaking volume makes just such a contribution. Neil Faulkner draws on ten years of field research to offer the first truly multidisciplinary history of the conflicts that raged in Sinai, Arabia, Palestine, and Syria during the First World War. In Lawrence of Arabia's War, the author rewrites the history of T.E. Lawrence's legendary military campaigns in the context of the Arab Revolt. He explores the intersections among the declining Ottoman Empire, the Bedouin tribes, nascent Arab nationalism, and Western imperial ambition. The book provides a new analysis of Ottoman resilience in the face of modern industrialized warfare, and it assesses the relative weight of conventional operations in Palestine and irregular warfare in Syria. Faulkner thus reassesses the historic roots of today's divided, fractious, war-torn Middle East.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]
ISBN: 9780300196832
0300196830
Branch Call Number: 940.415 FAULKNER
Characteristics: xvii, 528 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Sep 02, 2016

After seeing David Lean's majestic "Lawrence of Arabia" in the theater, I wanted to learn a little more about the historical Lawrence, as well as the history of the region. English historian and archaeologist Neil Faulkner's book concentrates more on the military and strategic side of the Arab rebellion and the Allied campaign against the Ottoman Empire than it does on politics. As such, it's informative, but written in a rather dry, academic style. Despite the title, it's less concerned with Lawrence than with the bigger picture of the region. I think Scott Anderson's "Lawrence in Arabia," which is a more general history, is a better book to start with and this it meant more for someone who already has a familiarity with the story.

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