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Gertrude Bell

Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations
Howell, Georgina (Book - 2007)
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She has been called the female Lawrence of Arabia, which, while not inaccurate, fails to give Gertrude Bell her due. She was at one time the most powerful woman in the British Empire: a nation builder, the driving force behind the creation of modern-day Iraq. Born into privilege in 1868, Bell turned her back on Victorian society, choosing to read history at Oxford and going on to become an archaeologist, spy, Arabist, linguist, author, poet, photographer, and mountaineer. She traveled the globe several times, but her passion was the desert--her vast knowledge of the region made her indispensable to the British government during World War I. As an army major on the front lines in Mesopotamia, she supported the creation of an autonomous Arab nation for Iraq, promoting and manipulating the election of King Faisal to the throne and helping to draw the borders of the fledgling state.--From publisher description.
Authors: Howell, Georgina, 1942-
Uniform Title: Daughter of the desert
Title: Gertrude Bell
queen of the desert, shaper of nations
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007
Edition: 1st American ed
Characteristics: xix, 481 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., maps ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Georgina Howell
Notes: "Originally published in 2006 by Macmillan, Great Britain, as Daugher of the desert"--T.p. verso
Summary: She has been called the female Lawrence of Arabia, which, while not inaccurate, fails to give Gertrude Bell her due. She was at one time the most powerful woman in the British Empire: a nation builder, the driving force behind the creation of modern-day Iraq. Born into privilege in 1868, Bell turned her back on Victorian society, choosing to read history at Oxford and going on to become an archaeologist, spy, Arabist, linguist, author, poet, photographer, and mountaineer. She traveled the globe several times, but her passion was the desert--her vast knowledge of the region made her indispensable to the British government during World War I. As an army major on the front lines in Mesopotamia, she supported the creation of an autonomous Arab nation for Iraq, promoting and manipulating the election of King Faisal to the throne and helping to draw the borders of the fledgling state.--From publisher description.
ISBN: 9780374161620
0374161623
Branch Call Number: B-B443h 2007
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Colonial administrators Middle East Biography Colonial administrators Great Britain Biography Women Asianists Biography Women archaeologists Great Britain Biography Women travelers Middle East Biography Bell, Gertrude Lowthian, 1868-1926
Topical Term: Colonial administrators
Colonial administrators
Women Asianists
Women archaeologists
Women travelers
LCCN: 2006029994
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