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Lukitz, Liora

Works: 3 works in 47 publications in 1 language and 2,757 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography 
Roles: Author
Classifications: DS79, 320.5409567
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Liora Lukitz
A quest in the Middle East : Gertrude Bell and the making of modern Iraq by Liora Lukitz( Book )

27 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Revered or reviled, Gertrude Bell was a commanding figure: scholar, linguist, archeologist, traveller and 'orientalist'. A remarkable woman in male-dominated Edwardian society, she shunned convention by eschewing marriage and family for an academic career and the extensive travelling that would lead to her major role in Middle Eastern diplomacy. But her private life was marred by the tragedy, vulnerability and frustration that were key to her quest both for a British dominated Middle East and relief from the torture of her romantic failures." "Through her vivid writings, she brought the Arab world alive for countless Britons as she travelled to some of the region's most inhospitable places. She explored the Ottoman Empire during and after World War I when her travels throughout the region and her knowledge of Arabic made her indispensable to British Intelligence. Alongside T.E. Lawrence, she was hugely instrumental in the post-war reconfiguration of the Arab states in the Middle East. In Iraq, in particular, she became a friend and confidante of the new King Faisal, and a prime mover in drawing up the country's boundaries and establishing a constitutional monarchy there, with its parliament, civil service and legal system. She was influential in creating the state which had all the trappings of independence while remaining a virtual British colony. The legacy of her work is still being played out in the conflicts of today." "Yet behind Gertrude Bell's public success was a backdrop of personal passions, desires and the relationships that drove this extraordinary woman. Embroiled in an unsuccessful love affair with Charles Doughty-Wylie, a married man, she found peace in the solitude of the desert. But the seemingly intractable problems of the newly independent Iraq led her to write of the 'weariness of it all'. Shortly afterward she took her own life with a lethal dose of sleeping pills." "Using previous unseen sources, including Gertrude Bell's own diaries and letters, Liora Lukitz provides a deeper political and personal biography of this influential character. A Quest in the Middle East is a lyrical and illuminating portrait of a woman born ahead of her time, grappling with issues that would shape the future of the Middle East."--Jacket
Iraq : the search for national identity by Liora Lukitz( Book )

19 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The 1990-1991 crisis in the Middle East and the disturbances that followed in Iraq's Kurdish and Shi'i areas have starkly exposed deep-seated divisions in the Iraqi population. Iraq has essentially been dismembered along the lines of the three Ottoman provinces that were arbitrarily assembled into a state by the British after the First World War." "This book examines the complexities stemming from this situation. It focuses on the intertwined and contradictory cultural, political and religious divisions in Iraqi society during the country's formative years, 1920-1960, offers a new explanation of the social categories and 'cultural packages' in conflict since Iraqi's inception as a modern state, and points out the reasons behind the unity or fragmentation of group connections, loyalties and identities." "By explaining the volatile nature of 'class' associations, and then redefining 'class' as 'social groups', conditioned primarily by communal and religious affiliations. Dr. Lukitz establishes improved terms of comparison in a situation where the sheer number of conflicts creates an ambiguity of identity and meaning. Iraq: The Search for National Identity shows why the factors that normally express a nation's statehood, such as its army or national political parties, cannot forge national unity while preserving the supremacy of one section of society over others. The Shi'i soldiers' feeble identification with Saddam Hussein's goals, compared with the loyalty of the Sunni Republican Guards, is a notable examples of the lack of national cohesion."--Jacket
Gertrude Bell : Iraq's uncrowned queen( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A biography of Gertrude Bell, British archaeologist, traveller, political analyst, and administrator in Arabia. After WWI, when British troops occupied Iraq, with her extensive knowledge of the country she was able to influence politicians in London and Iraqi leaders, ultimately helping to form the modern state of Iraq. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and the Iraqi ambassador to the U.S
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English (46)

Iraq : the search for national identity