Quest in the Middle East: Gertrude Bell and the Making of Modern Iraq
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Quest in the Middle East: Gertrude Bell and the Making of Modern Iraq

by Liora Lukitz
     
 

ISBN-10: 1850434158

ISBN-13: 9781850434153

Pub. Date: 03/03/2006

Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited

Gertrude Bell was a commanding figure: scholar, linguist, archaeologist, traveler and 'orientalist'. A remarkable woman in male-dominated Edwardian society, she shunned convention by eschewing marriage and family for an academic career and extensive traveling. But her private life was marred by the tragedy, vulnerability and frustration that were key to her

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Gertrude Bell was a commanding figure: scholar, linguist, archaeologist, traveler and 'orientalist'. A remarkable woman in male-dominated Edwardian society, she shunned convention by eschewing marriage and family for an academic career and extensive traveling. But her private life was marred by the tragedy, vulnerability and frustration that were key to her quest both for a British dominated Middle East and relief from the torture of her romantic failures. Through her vivid writings, she brought the Arab world alive for countless Britons. Alongside T.E. Lawrence, she was hugely instrumental in the post-war reconfiguration of the Arab states in the Middle East. In Iraq she became friend and confidante of the new King Faisal, and a prime mover in drawing up the country's boundaries and establishing a constitutional monarchy there, with its parliament, civil service and legal system. She was influential in creating the state which had all the trappings of independence while remaining a virtual British colony. The legacy of her work is still being played out in the conflicts of today. Yet behind her public success was a backdrop of personal passions, desires and the relationships that drove this extraordinary woman. Embroiled in an unsuccessful love affair with Charles Doughty-Wylie, a married man, she found peace in the solitude of the desert. But the seemingly intractable problems of the newly independent Iraq led her to write of the 'weariness of it all'. Shortly afterwards she took her own life with a lethal dose of sleeping pills. Using previously unseen sources, including Gertude Bell's own diaries and letters, Lukitz provides a deeper political and personal biography of this influential character.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781850434153
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
03/03/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.17(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvi
Acknowledgementsvii
Preface1
Prologue10
Part IThe Journey
1'Light of Mine Eyes and Harvest of My Heart'23
2'She Had Known Ruptures, She Had Known the Whole'31
3'The Shadow of a Stone'56
4'I Will Dedicate This Year to You'77
Part IIArrival
5'On the Edge of Important Things'107
6'Father, Think!'125
7'To Make Kings, to Invent Kingdoms'143
8'A Tower of Strength and Wisdom'174
9'We Had Awakened and Become a Nation'202
Part IIIDepartures
10'Dust ...'211
11'Flood ...'224
Epilogue245
Afterword251
Notes257
Selected Bibliography293
Index303

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