Lawrence of Arabia's War: The Arabs, the British and the Remaking of the Middle East in WWI

Lawrence of Arabia's War: The Arabs, the British and the Remaking of the Middle East in WWI

by Neil Faulkner

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Lawrence of Arabia's War: The Arabs, the British and the Remaking of the Middle East in WWI by Neil Faulkner


A wealth of new research and thinking on Lawrence, the Arab Revolt, and World War One in the Middle East, providing essential background to today’s violent conflicts

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300226393
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 552
Sales rank: 799,445
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author


Neil Faulkner is a freelance academic archaeologist and historian and editor of Military History Monthly. A research fellow at the University of Bristol, he codirected the Great Arab Revolt Project in Jordan (2006–14). He lives in Herts, UK.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations vi

Note on the Text viii

Acknowledgements x

Introduction xiii

1 Holy War? 1

2 Young Turks 31

3 Little Mehmet 55

4 For Sultan and Caliph 85

5 Sinai Bridgehead 109

6 The Battle of Romani 136

7 The Arab Revolt 152

8 A Crusader, an Unknown Desert and a New Way of War 190

9 The Gates of Palestine 224

10 Aqaba 257

11 Bull Loose 279

12 The Railway War 302

13 The Third Battle of Gaza 323

14 Jerusalem 343

15 The Mountains of Moab 367

16 Special Operations 402

17 Armageddon 420

Epilogue 457

Endnotes 468

Timeline 494

Bibliography 509

Index 515

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