Lawrence of Arabia
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Emerging Middle East
King or Adopted Country?

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The capture of Jerusalem lifted Lawrence's spirits, but he also learned of certain secret treaties between Britain and France regarding the post-war settlement of Middle East lands.

The treaties were in direct contravention of the Anglo-Arab agreements that had spurred on the Arab Revolt since 1916.

Lawrence was torn between patriotic duty to King and Country and loyalty to his Arab friends. He hatched a plan to race to Damascus ahead of Allenby and install Feisal as the head of an Arab government.

He reasoned the British would be forced to accept the status quo on their arrival...


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  Spending time with regular British officers made Lawrence reassess his loyalties. The difference between the Arabs fighting for their liberation and the British fighting for the Empire was vast.


Lawrence of Arabia