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  Setting the Desert on Fire: T.E. Lawrence and Britain's Secret War in Arabia 1916-18
Setting the Desert on Fire: Britain's Secret War in Arabia 1916-18


 
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Media: BOOK - paperback, 200 pages
Author: J. Barr
Year: 2007
Other Data: b&w photos, maps, bibliog, index
ISBN: 9780747585534

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It is 1916. The Allies are struggling in the Great War. The Ottoman Sultan calls for a pan-Islamic jihad against all non-Muslims except Germans. But Sharif Husein, ruler of the holy city of Mecca, is smarting under Turkish rule, fomenting Arab nationalism and lobbying the British to support him. It seems to the British a good idea secretly to encourage an Arab revolt.

'Setting the Desert on Fire' is a masterly account of this key moment made legendary by T.E. Lawrence, but here filled with a wide range of characters including the British Prime Minister Lloyd George, whose desire to capture 'Jerusalem by Christmas' had consequences that reverberate to this day.

Contents:
List of Illustrations
Notes on the Key Figures in this Book
Maps
Maps
A Note on the Text
Prologue
1. A Parting of the Ways
2. Will This Do?
3. A Strange Uncanny Place
4. Foreign Influences
5. All Claws and Teeth
6. Crisis Over Rabigh
7. Turning Point
8. Wajh and After
9. The First Railway Raids
10. Differences Over Tactics
11. Fighting for Us on a Lie
12. Aqaba
13. The Impact of Aqaba
14. Impolitic Truths
15. Difficult Times
16. Gaza and Yarmuk
17. Dara or Azrak?
18. The Jews and Jerusalem
19. Fighting de Luxe
20. New Conditions
21. A Complete Muck-up
22. Preparing for the Push
23. Holding Operations
24. The Dara Reid
25. The Road to Damascus
26. A House With no Door
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index


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