ORIENTAL ASSEMBLY by T. E. Lawrence

ORIENTAL ASSEMBLY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A.W. Lawrence has brought together in this volume some of the scattered and unpublished material dealing with the Near East. There is the Diary of 1911, recounting sketchily, the trip from the dig at Carchemish to Urfa and Beyrout. Then there is a paper on The Changing East, written in September 1920, forecasting the fate of the Arabs, of Persia, of Turkey, of the Greeks in Smyrna, the Jews in Palestine, under the peace treaties. Not always borne out by history, but revealing an understanding and sympathy towards the problems. The next section, The Evolution of a Revolt, is used, in part, in Seven Pillars, and contains the often-quoted phrase, -- ""Granted mobility, security, time and doctrine, victory will rest with the insurgents."" There is the suppressed (because too critical) introductory chapter intended for the Seven Pillars, presenting Lawrence's purpose in writing the book. Finally, there is Lawrence's comment On Eric Kennington's Arab Portraits.

ISBN: 1443725617
Publisher: Dutton