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To begin the world over again : Lawrence of Arabia from Damascus to Baghdad /
John C. Hulsman.
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
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256 p. : maps.
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0230617425
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
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0230617425
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6962474
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2009-11-01:
Hulsman (German Council on Foreign Relations, Berlin) argues that T.E. Lawrence's legacy as a thinker offers crucial lessons for would-be nation builders in the pres-ent. Having played a key role as a British liaison officer in the Arab revolt of 1916-18, Lawrence strongly believed in independent Arab statehood. Astute and observant, he felt that the less apparent one's interference, the greater one's influence. His extensive knowledge of the Arab world and his ideas about nation building served Britain well during World War I as it helped defeat the Ottoman Empire in that region. Unfortunately, his dreams were betrayed when Britain and its Western allies served their own interests, carving up the region and creating long-lasting instability. VERDICT Well written and engaging, this book provides a concise historical overview and much food for thought. The message is as urgent today as it was in Lawrence's era. Readers craving meatier reading on the Arab Revolt and insight into Lawrence himself should read Lawrence's own The Seven Pillars of Wisdom.-Patti C. McCall, Albany Molecular Research, Inc., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Praise forTo Begin the World Over Again: "The fate of empires seems inevitably linked to their persistent desire to impose their cultures and systems on foreign soil. Employing the endlessly fascinating story of T.E. Lawrence, John Hulsman colorfully argues from history that, if you set out to liberate other nations, it is best not to undertake to liberate them from themselves. If we learn his lesson, our Baghdad will not become Lawrence's Damascus."-- Senator Gary Hart "InTo Begin the World Over Again, John Hulsman tells us that 'in reality Lawrence was far more important as a thinker' than a warrior-prince. If our purpose is to discover a better nation-building strategy, Hulsman is correct, for as a thinker T.E. Lawrence offers us just that. President Obama, General David Petraeus, and a host of other western leaders would do well to study that strategy. And concerned Americans, as well as others, would do well to read this book." --Lawrence Wilkerson,Visiting Professor of Government, the College of William and Mary and former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell "Hulsman at once tells a compelling story and identifies foundational principles for guiding U.S. foreign policy. By mining Lawrence's thinking and experiences, this timely book yields vital lessons for America's efforts at nation-building in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond." --Charles A. Kupchan, Professor of Government, Georgetown University and member of the Council on Foreign Relations
"The fate of empires seems inevitably linked to their persistent desire to impose their cultures and systems on foreign soil. Employing the endlessly fascinating story of T.E. Lawrence, John Hulsman colorfully argues from history that, if you set out to liberate other nations, it is best not to undertake to liberate them from themselves. If we learn his lesson, our Baghdad will not become Lawrence's Damascus."-- Senator Gary Hart "InTo Begin the World Over Again, John Hulsman tells us that 'in reality Lawrence was far more important as a thinker' than a warrior-prince. If our purpose is to discover a better nation-building strategy, Hulsman is correct, for as a thinker T.E. Lawrence offers us just that. President Obama, General David Petraeus, and a host of other western leaders would do well to study that strategy. And concerned Americans, as well as others, would do well to read this book." --Lawrence Wilkerson,Visiting Professor of Government, the College of William and Mary and former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell "Hulsman at once tells a compelling story and identifies foundational principles for guiding U.S. foreign policy. By mining Lawrence's thinking and experiences, this timely book yields vital lessons for America's efforts at nation-building in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond." --Charles A. Kupchan, Professor of Government, Georgetown University and member of the Council on Foreign Relations
"In To Begin the World Over Again, John Hulsman tells us that 'in reality Lawrence was far more important as a thinker' than a warrior-prince. If our purpose is to discover a better nation-building strategy, Hulsman is correct, for as a thinker T.E. Lawrence offers us just that. President Obama, General David Petraeus, and a host of other western leaders would do well to study that strategy. And concerned Americans, as well as others, would do well to read this book." -- Lawrence Wilkerson, Visiting Professor of Government, the College of William and Mary and former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell
"InTo Begin the World Over Again, John Hulsman tells us that 'in reality Lawrence was far more important as a thinker' than a warrior-prince. If our purpose is to discover a better nation-building strategy, Hulsman is correct, for as a thinker T.E. Lawrence offers us just that. President Obama, General David Petraeus, and a host of other western leaders would do well to study that strategy. And concerned Americans, as well as others, would do well to read this book." --Lawrence Wilkerson,Visiting Professor of Government, the College of William and Mary and former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell "Hulsman at once tells a compelling story and identifies foundational principles for guiding U.S. foreign policy. By mining Lawrence's thinking and experiences, this timely book yields vital lessons for America's efforts at nation-building in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond." --Charles A. Kupchan, Professor of Government, Georgetown University and member of the Council on Foreign Relations
Praise for To Begin the World Over Again: "The fate of empires seems inevitably linked to their persistent desire to impose their cultures and systems on foreign soil. Employing the endlessly fascinating story of T.E. Lawrence, John Hulsman colorfully argues from history that, if you set out to liberate other nations, it is best not to undertake to liberate them from themselves. If we learn his lesson, our Baghdad will not become Lawrence's Damascus."-- Senator Gary Hart "In To Begin the World Over Again, John Hulsman tells us that 'in reality Lawrence was far more important as a thinker' than a warrior-prince. If our purpose is to discover a better nation-building strategy, Hulsman is correct, for as a thinker T.E. Lawrence offers us just that. President Obama, General David Petraeus, and a host of other western leaders would do well to study that strategy. And concerned Americans, as well as others, would do well to read this book." -- Lawrence Wilkerson, Visiting Professor of Government, the College of William and Mary and former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell "Hulsman at once tells a compelling story and identifies foundational principles for guiding U.S. foreign policy. By mining Lawrence's thinking and experiences, this timely book yields vital lessons for America's efforts at nation-building in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond." --Charles A. Kupchan, Professor of Government, Georgetown University and member of the Council on Foreign Relations
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Through his swashbuckling adventures during the improbable Arab Revolt of World War I, T.E. Lawrence developed a unique philosophy for working with developing peoples. He then embarked on a heroic effort, harnessing his celebrity to force the British to keep the promises they made to their Arab allies.Lawrence famously said of British efforts to further Arab self-rule: "Better to let them do it imperfectly than do it perfectly yourself, for it is their country, their war, and your time is short." He applied his extensive knowledge of the Arab world to a political vision for nation building in the Middle East whose insights continue to resonate today. In the end, however, Lawrence's efforts to stop Western powers from carving up the Middle East at Versailles fell tragically short, laying the foundations for the ongoing instability in that region.Weaving together a gripping historical narrative of Lawrence's dramatic Middle East adventures and his surprisingly astute political thinking, foreign policy expert John Hulsman reveals a different Lawrence and gives a bold new voice to this tragic hero.
Main Description
Through his swashbuckling adventures during the improbable Arab Revolt of World War I, T.E. Lawrence developed a unique philosophy for working with developing peoples. He then embarked on a heroic effort, harnessing his celebrity to force the British to keep the promises they made to their Arab allies. Lawrence famously said of British efforts to further Arab self-rule: "Better to let them do it imperfectly than do it perfectly yourself, for it is their country, their war, and your time is short." He applied his extensive knowledge of the Arab world to a political vision for nation building in the Middle East whose insights continue to resonate today. In the end, however, Lawrence's efforts to stop Western powers from carving up the Middle East at Versailles fell tragically short, laying the foundations for the ongoing instability in that region. Weaving together a gripping historical narrative of Lawrence's dramatic Middle East adventures and his surprisingly astute political thinking, foreign policy expert John Hulsman reveals a different Lawrence and gives a bold new voice to this tragic hero.
Main Description
Lawrence of Arabia is best remembered for the Oscar-winning film about his life. But there is a different T.E. Lawrence, a man who applied his unique experiences and extensive knowledge of the Arab world to a political vision for nation building in the Middle East that holds many lessons for today. Following the Arab Revolt, Lawrence embarked on a heroic effort, harnessing his celebrity to force the British to keep the promises made to their Arab allies. Alas, he was unable to stop the Western powers from carving up the Middle East at Versailles, thus laying the foundations for the ongoing instability in that region. Still, until the day he died, Lawrence continued to fight for Arab nationalism, famously saying: "Better to let them do it imperfectly than do it perfectly yourself, for it is their country, their war, and your time is short." By weaving together a gripping narrative of Lawrence's Middle East adventures and highlighting his surprisingly astute political thinking, John Hulsman teases out this and many other lessons to be learned from Lawrence about the Arab world.
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The little-known story of Lawrence of Arabia's passionate advocacy of Arab nationalism during the pivotal years following WWI and his prescient template for nation building in the Middle East
Table of Contents
Chronologyp. 9
Prologuep. 15
I like it well, but it is far from Damascusp. 21
We are calling them to fight for us on a liep. 49
There is a point where coddling becomes wickedp. 69
My dreams puffed out like candlesp. 87
The old men came out again and took our victoryp. 111
Suddenly I awoke to find myself famousp. 139
There is a dry wind blowing through the Eastp. 151
One more such victory, and we shall be undonep. 169
On a hot Sunday afternoon, I created Transjordanp. 185
The edifice that has not firm foundations make not loftyp. 203
It is impossible for a foreigner to run another peoplep. 215
Author's Notep. 225
Notesp. 233
Selected Bibliographyp. 245
Indexp. 249
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