Must have something to do with the history teacher I had at my high school in Oslo. He was also our literature teacher. Formal and correct in every way, calling us all by our last names, fierce about grammar.
He was a kind man, I remember him with much fondness. Below are snippets of reviews of history books I have read recently. For more reviews, check out my goodreads page. And if Gertrude Bell had not been a woman, the immediate aftermath of the war may also have been quite different as she battled the male dominant hierarchy of British army generals ignorant of the history and culture of the Arab nations.
Author Alan Gold has made his name writing about the forgotten women of history.
The book is written almost as an auto-biography, cleverly constructing scenes and dialogue as a first hand account of events. Apart from being exceptionally intelligent, Gertrude Bell also had the distinct advantage of coming from a very well-to-do and well connected industrialist family. Money and connections enabled her to study at Oxford and she was one of the first two women to graduate with a first class honours degree in history, when she was only Never married — another factor that made her achievements in those times even more extraordinary — she started travelling the world at an early age.
She developed a passion for archaeology and mountaineering Gertrudspitze in the Swiss Alps near Bern is named after her — being one of the first to ascend it. Some of the top brass did appreciate her contributions, but most were, of course, threatened by the mere thought of a woman of knowledge and influence.
Neither T E Lawrence nor Gertrude Bell were supporters of the Sykes-Picot agreement or the Balfour Declaration , which in hindsight both proved to be disastrous for the region.
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It was all about the oil, of course, making sure that no Arab nation would be strong enough by itself. The world is still suffering from the consequences. Bell of the Desert provides excellent insights into all of these events, places the various combatants and participants in context and illuminates the history. The author cannot hide his love and admiration for Ms Bell, and it is hard for the reader not to join in.
This process began in the Caribbean, with Barbadians making the bondage of Africans perpetual by , but the way in which slavery became racialized may be clearest in the Chesapeake. In , he helped establish the St. There is, perhaps, this much truth in that, that most people do need a certain stimulus to exertion and a certain standard of achievement to do their best, but to say that this is provided by private ownership and can only be provided by private ownership is an altogether different thing. I got out of the hammock and went to the door to assure myself that the key was turned. Moreau Dr.
There are doubtless embellishments in the narrative — events and conversations that the author could not possibly be privy to. But it works as a great yarn whilst providing fascinating insights into an extraordinary woman in extraordinary circumstances. Highly recommended.
Save a tree — read it on your tablet, ipad or book-reader. Although this book is historical fiction, it is still an excellent expose on the background and events that led to the tragedy of the region, starting with colonialism in general, and the French exploitation in particular.
Grey very cleverly places his characters into actual events, and he manages to paint all the main characters as human beings with all their flaws and ambiguities, leaving it to the reader to take sides or not. An excellent read for anyone interested in the history of the region and the devastating effects of colonialism. The movie is one of my all time favourites, the man an intriguing character of a tragic period of history.
I have always had the sense that if the British generals and more importantly the politicians had listened a bit more to T E Lawrence and Gertrude Bell the Middle East just might have been a different place today. United only by a common enemy, the Ottoman Turks. The detailed narrative does get a bit tedious after a while, but at the same time it is also fascinating and very, very impressive in the detailed recollection.
Lawrence was no doubt a complex man, full of contradictions, fiercely intelligent and with an acute observer of both his surroundings and the men and there are only men he encounters. For anyone interested in the history of Word War I in general and the Middle East in particular it should be mandatory reading.
At first glance they may seem like an odd couple, but their influence on the seminal events and the thinking of the 20th century is equally profound. Winston Churchill defined and led the resistance against the tyranny of Adolf Hitler, George Orwell understood and explained the nature of totalitarian regimes. They were both men who were prepared to change themselves in order to change the world.
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