Lawrence and Aaronsohn

T. E. Lawrence, Aaron Aaronsohn, and the seeds of the Arab-Israeli conflict

By Florence, Ronald

Publishers Summary:
How a second lieutenant from Oxfordshire and a Jewish agronomist from Palestine mapped the land and conflicts of the modern Middle East. Historian Florence provides new perspectives on the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict. In the turmoil of World War I, while the Great Powers secretly plotted the future of the Middle East, Lawrence of Arabia and Aaron Aaronsohn audaciously imagined new nations--Arab and Jewish--rising from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire. The iconic T. E. Lawrence used his assignment of coordinating Arab support for British war strategies to advance the dreams of an Arab state, while now unsung Aaronsohn gave up a distinguished career in science and, with his sister Sarah, established a secret spy network in wartime Palestine, providing intelligence that enabled the British victory over the Turks. Their arguments in wartime Cairo and at the Peace Conference in Paris presaged the political battles of the Middle East today.--From publisher description.

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ISBN
978-0-67006-351-2
Publisher
New York : Viking, 2007.


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Library Journal

Reviewed on August 15, 2007

There seems little doubt that Aaron Aaronsohn (1876-1919)-pioneering Zionist, agronomist, cartographer, and British spy-richly deserves a proper biography. Aaronsohn's astonishing abilities and historical importance are matched by the tragic scale of his untimely death in a plane crash en route to the Paris Peace Conference. These two books tell slightly different stories of a man who left abundant personal sources that nicely mesh with official documents and memoirs. The challenge is to insert biography within a complex of subordinate themes: decaying Ottoman authority, the brutality of "Young Turk" leader Djemal Pasha, the emerging PalestinianYishev Zionist leadership and diplomacy, American involvement, and the strangely opaque agendas of those responsible for Britain's wart...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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