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Gertrude Bell

Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell (lō& British traveler, author, and government official, one of the builders of the modern state of Iraq or Irak, officially Republic o…

Faisal I of Iraq support the Balfour Declaration of 1917. We Arabs... look with the deepest sympathy on the Zionist movement. Our deputation here in Paris is fully acquainted with the proposals submitted yesterday by the Zionist Organisation to the Peace Conference, and we regard them as moderate and proper. We will do our best to help them through; we will wish the Jews a most hearty welcome home... I look forward, and my people with me look forward, to a future helping each other.

Feisal I of Iraq and Chaim Weizmann (wearing Arab dress as a sign of respect) in Syria, 1918

Augustus Edwin John - T. E. Lawrence (1929)

Lawrence by Augustus Edwin John The Ashmolean Museum of Art and…

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Sidney Reilly - Reilly’s admirers call him “the greatest spy who ever lived” and he was the inspiration for the James Bond character.

Gertrude Bell.  She traveled all over the Middle East in the early 1900's and influenced how it was divided after the Ottoman Empire fell (well, maybe that didn't work out so well!).  Traveled on camels, invited Bedoin sheiks to dinner, took her furs and good china everywhere.  when she met Lawrence (later "of Arabia"), she said "I do believe the boy will make a traveler".

The Woman Who Made Iraq

Gertrude Bell, a British writer, archaeologist, and colonial administrator, is best known for her role in establishing the modern state of Iraq after World War I. In this 1922 photograph Bell dines with British and Iraqi officials in the desert.

Gertrude and her father, Sir Hugh Bell

archaeologist Gertrude bell and her father, Sir Hugh Bell

T.E. Lawrence (left) with his brothers Frank, Arnold, Bob, and Will in 1910. Will and Frank would later die during WWI. Only the youngest, Arnold, would grow up to marry and have a family.

I have not written to you for ever so long… I think really because there was nothing I had to say. It is partly being so busy here, that one’s thoughts are all on the jobs one is doing, and one grudges doing anything else, and has no other interests,.

Gertrude Bell with Hat and Fox, 1921 - Letters from Baghdad (2017)  Writer, traveller, archaeologist, diplomat, spy

Gertrude Bell: The Female Adventurer that Time Forgot

Gertrude Bell with Hat and Fox, 1921 - Letters from Baghdad (2017) Writer, traveller, archaeologist, diplomat, spy

Hail, Unidentified Arab man in Gertrude Bell's caravan, February - March 1914, Gertrude Bell Archive, Newcastle University

Hail, Unidentified Arab man in Gertrude Bell's caravan, February - March Gertrude Bell Archive, Newcastle University

Gertrude Bell - Explorer and Archeologist. She LED many expeditions through the Middle east and Africa at a time when women didn't lead anything and though I don't agree with all of her world views she was one of the most interesting women of all time. She counseled many kings and Lawrence of Arabia himself.

Gertrude Bell in Iraq in 1909 age English writer, traveller, archeologist, spy… was born on July in Country Durham—and had a considerable impact on international events.

Getrude Bell was the first women to earn a degree in history from Oxford and went on to help define the borders of Iraq and help establish it as an independent state.  She also worked for British Intelligence during WWI.

Lady of Legacy: Gertrude Bell

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