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Collins, Paul and Tripp, Charles, eds. (2017) Gertrude Bell and Iraq - a Life and Legacy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Proceedings of the British Academy; 205)

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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 establishment of the Iraqi monarchy and the Iraqi state. In addition, it examines her interests in Iraq’s ancient past (she was instrumental in drawing up Iraq’s first Antiquities Law in 1922 and in the foundation of the Iraq Museum in 1923), and reflects on the various aspects of her legacy for modern Iraq.

Item Type: Edited Book or Journal Volume
Keywords: Iraq, British Empire, State Building, Gender, Archaeological Heritage
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Politics and International Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions (Asia, Africa, Australia)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
J Political Science
ISBN: 9780197266076
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 21 May 2017 14:39

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