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Gertrude Bell and Iraq: A life and legacy

Paul Collins and Charles Tripp


This book seeks to re-evaluate the life and legacy of Gertrude Lowthian Bell (1868–1926), the renowned scholar, explorer, writer, archaeologist and British civil servant. In 12 chapters, written by a number of international scholars, Iraqi and British, it examines her role in shaping British policy in the Middle East in the first part of the 20th century, her views of the cultures and peoples of the region and her unusual status as a woman occupying a senior position in the British imperial administration. It focuses particularly on her involvement in Iraq and the part she played in the establ ... More

Keywords: Gertrude Bell, Iraq, First World War, Middle East, archaeology, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780197266076
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266076.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Collins, editor
Curator for Ancient Near East, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford

Charles Tripp, editor
Professor of Middle East Politics, University of London

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