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Gertrude Bell : queen of the desert, shaper of nations

Author: Georgina Howell
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
biografi
Named Person: Gertrude Lowthian Bell; Gertrude Lowthian Bell; Gertrude Lowthian Bell
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Georgina Howell
ISBN: 0374161623 9780374161620
OCLC Number: 71312918
Notes: "Originally published in 2006 by Macmillan, Great Britain, as Daughter of the desert"--Title page verso.
Description: xix, 481 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Gertrude and Florence --
Education --
The civilized woman --
Becoming a person --
Mountaineering --
Desert travel --
Dick Doughty-Wylie --
Limit of endurance --
Escape --
War work --
Cairo, Delhi, Basra --
Government through Gertrude --
Anger --
Faisal --
Coronation --
Staying and leaving.
Other Titles: Daughter of the desert
Responsibility: Georgina Howell.
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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.

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