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The way we were: remaking the Middle East

Extracts from memoirs and diaries

By Ian Irvine   February 2016

TE Lawrence (left) and Leonard Woolley at Carchemish in 1913. ©

Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen writes in his Middle East Diary 1917-1956:

“It would have been better for our country and perhaps for the world if CM Doughty, [TE] Lawrence and Gertrude Bell had not been such admirable and persuasive writers.” Doughty (1843-1926) was the author of Travels in Arabia Deserta, which greatly influenced Lawrence and Bell.

In April 1916, Gertrude Bell arrives in Basra to take up the post of…

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