To Begin the World Over Again: Lawrence of Arabia from Damascus to Baghdad
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To Begin the World Over Again: Lawrence of Arabia from Damascus to Baghdad

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Through his swashbuckling adventures during the improbable Arab Revolt of World War I, T.E. Lawrence developed a unique philosophy for working with developing peoples. He then embarked on a heroic effort, harnessing his celebrity toforce the British to keep the promises they made to their Arab allies.

Lawrence famously said of British efforts to further Arab self-rule: “Bet...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade (first published 2009)
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T.E. Lawrence is perhaps best known as "Lawrence of Arabia"--the dashing British warrior/leader of the Arab armies during World War I. But Lawrence also developed a vision for nation building in the Middle East. He advocated that real change could only come by understanding and working within existing power structures and that attempts to build new nations from the top down by imposing political patterns from western cultures would not and could not be successful.

In the Treaty of Versailles, whi...more
If you want to know why the Middle East is in the sorry state it is today just read this book. It's an engrossing account of the Arab revolt led by Lawrence of Arabia and the ramifications of the various meetings and conferences held by the European powers which led to the creation of Iraq.
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Great insights on why current nation building concepts are not working. A must read for all in politics, military and NGO
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