T E Lawrence, December 1917
T E Lawrence, December 1917


Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 4.39.15 PM.pngThomas Edward Lawrence


Short Biography from PBS

Who Was T. E. Lawrence? A book review of the biography Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson

Biographical video from YouTube Channel The Great War

Born in Wales, T.E. Lawrence was a soldier and scholar who fought in the Arab Revolt during World War I.

book.pngText of Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence (1922)


Lawrence of Arabia -- Controversial Legacy

Poster for the film Lawrence of Arabia, 1963
Poster for the film Lawrence of Arabia, 1963

The True Story of Lawrence of Arabia, Smithsonian (July 2014)

10 Things You May Not Know about Lawrence of Arabia

  • Widely regarded as a heroic, military and scholarly genius throughout the Western world
  • Memory is not so black-and-white in the Middle East
    • Many, even today, believe that he had tricked the Arab populations and only had Britain's interests in mind
    • Sykes-Picot Agreement (1916)
      • Secret negotiations between Britain and France during the war regarding territorial control of the Ottoman Empire after its downfall
      • Many Arabians saw Lawrence as either a pawn on conscious double agent for the British


The movie //Lawrence of Arabia// was directed by David Lean and released in 1962

  • Podcast discussing the historical accuracy of the film


The Arab Revolt (1916-1918)


Soldiers in the Arab Army, July 1916
Soldiers in the Arab Army, July 1916

Documentary on Great Arab Revolt Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 from Discovery Asia

Primary Sources: Sharif Hussein's Proclamation of Independence from Turkey (1916)

The Arab Revolt of 1916-18 from New Zealand History

A War of Unintended Consequences, AlZazeera (June 2016)

Video discussing Lawrence's role, and possible hidden motives, in revolt

The Arab Revolt: A Century On, article from Yale

Artistic montage depicting legacy of the Arab Revolt 100 years later

Multimedia.pngLawrence of Arabia: Movie Clip, Attack on Aqaba