Gertrude Bell

Author: Rosemary O'Brien

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 0815606648

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 276

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The Englishwoman Gertrude Bell lived an extraordinary life. Her adventures are the stuff of novels: she rode with bandits; braved desert shamals; was captured by Bedouins; and sojourned in a harem. Called the most powerful woman in the British Empire, she counseled kings and prime ministers. Bell’s colleagues included Lloyd George and Winston Churchill, who in 1921 invited Bell—the only woman whose advice was sought—to the Cairo Conference to "determine the future of Mesopotamia." Bell numbered among her closest friends T.E. Lawrence, St. John Philby, and Arabian sheiks. In this volume of three of her notebooks, Rosemary O’Brien preserves Bell’s elegant, vibrant prose, and presents Bell as a brilliant tactician fearlessly confronting her own vulnerability. The fundamental themes of her life—reckless behavior; a divided self which combined brilliance of intellect with a passionate nature; a sense of history; and the fatal gift of falling in love with a married man—are all here in remarkable detail. Her journey to northern Arabia in 1914 earned Bell professional recognition from the Royal Geographical Society, and solidified her reputation as a canny political analyst of Middle Eastern affairs. In addition to Bell’s own photographs, O’Brien has provided us an unprecedented first access to excerpts of the Bell/Richard Doughty-Wyllie love letters, the married British army officer with whom she was in love and for whom her diaries were written.

The Letters of Gertrude Bell

Author: Gertrude Lowthian Bell

Publisher: N.A


Category: Baghdad (Iraq)

Page: 388

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Correspondence of the famous woman traveler who played so large a part in the foundation of the Arab Kingdom of Iraq after World War I.

Visits of Gertrude Bell to Tur Abdin

Author: Dale A. Johnson


ISBN: 0615155677

Category: Travel

Page: 200

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This is a collection of summaries, diary entries and letters from the famed British explorer, Gertrude Bell who later went on to become an adviser to Winston Churchill and founded the Baghdad Archeology Museum. The focus of the book is on her contribution to the photographic and archeological record she made of a region of forgotten Christians, called Tur Abdin in present day Turkey, who had preserved the language of Jesus and a Semitic form of Christianity under the veil of Islam.

Gertrude Bell

Author: Heather Lehr Wagner

Publisher: Infobase Learning

ISBN: 1438148542

Category: Biography

Page: 106

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Bell became one of the most influential women in the British Empire during World War I, using her extensive knowledge of the Middle East to advise British commanders in the creation of the modern Middle East.;Bell explored and.

Iraq and Gertrude Bell's The Arab of Mesopotamia

Author: Paul J. Rich

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1461633664

Category: History

Page: 250

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To understand contemporary Iraq and the ongoing crisis in the Middle East, no book provides a surer guide or more unsettling experience, written as it was for another war, another army, and another time. Gertrude Bell for a fleeting moment was the optimistic progenitor of the Iraq that today is becoming unglued.

Exploring Borders and Boundaries in the Humanities

Author: Melih Karakuzu,Hasan Baktır,Banu Akçeşme,Betül Ateşci Koçak

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1527570290

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 322

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In a ‘post-everything’ world, we have felt more pain than happiness in building and tampering with borders. The term ‘border’ has been expanded to become a ploy for grim, chauvinistic, self-flattery, and ultra-nationalist bigotry. We have also faced notorious coverage of the ‘border’ in the media worldwide, and its diverse forms have been extensively deployed in cinema and literature. Centering on a wide range of literary and cinematic genres, the contributors to this volume explore and explain distinct theoretical and scholarly arguments to promote research on literary, linguistic, and media representations of the word ‘border.’


Author: Brian Patrick Duggan

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786484624

Category: Social Science

Page: 315

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One of the oldest known breeds of domesticated dogs, the Saluki traveled throughout the Middle East with desert tribes, who valued the dogs for their ability to hunt gazelles. Famously painted on the walls of the Pharaohs’ tombs, the Salukis’ history intrigued English dog enthusiasts who were instrumental in popularizing the breed and importing it to Europe and the United States in the early 20th century. This book tells the story of those who brought the Saluki to the West, most notably Florence Amherst, who discovered the dogs while in Egypt and went on to breed 50 litters. Other world travelers who fell under the Salukis’ spell included Lady Anne Blunt, Austen Layard and Gertrude Bell. Also covered are lesser-known Saluki aficionados, mainly military officers who hunted with their hounds in Iraq, Syria, Palestine, and Egypt and sought to replicate that experience at home.

Cairo 1921

Author: C. Brad Faught

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300262434

Category: History

Page: 277

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The first comprehensive history of the 1921 Cairo Conference which reveals its enduring impact on the modern Middle East Called by Winston Churchill in 1921, the Cairo Conference set out to redraw the map of the Middle East in the wake of the First World War and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. The summit established the states of Iraq and Jordan as part of the Sherifian Solution and confirmed the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine—the future state of Israel. No other conference had such an enduring impact on the region. C. Brad Faught demonstrates how the conference, although dominated by the British with limited local participation, was an ambitious, if ultimately unsuccessful, attempt to move the Middle East into the world of modern nationalism. Faught reveals that many officials, including T. E. Lawrence and Gertrude Bell, were driven by the determination for state building in the area to succeed. Their prejudices, combined with their abilities, would profoundly alter the Middle East for decades to come.