New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_5919
Photograph of T.E. Lawrence in Arab dress, 1918. More popularly referred to as "Lawrence of Arabia," Lawrence was a famous British archaeologist and army officer who was an active participant in the 1916-18 Arab revolt against the Turks. He died on May 19, 1935 at the age of 46 as a result of injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident.
What was T.E. Lawrence’s profession before the war?
Why was T.E. Lawrence so successful in working with the Arab population during the First World War?
Based on the photograph, give one reason why the Arabs were so willing to trust and work with T.E. Lawrence.
T.E. Lawrence was able to get the Arabs to cooperate with him in part by promising them independence. Under the terms of the Sykes-Picot Agreement, signed in 1916, the Arabs were not given independence, but divided up among Britain, France, and Russia. This led to a mass regional war among the Kurds under Russia, the Shiites under France, and the Sunnis under Britain. What impact does this agreement still have on Middle Eastern affairs today?
English Language Arts: Compare and contrast the events depicted in the movie, Lawrence of Arabia, with the actual events of Lawrence’s life.
Math: T.E. Lawrence was born in 1888. How old was he when he began his service in WWI in 1914?
Barr, James. Setting the Desert on Fire: T.E. Lawrence and Britain’s Secret War in Arabia, 1916-1918. New York, NY: W.W. Norton, 2008. ISBN: 0393060403
Ebert, Richard. Lawrence of Arabia. Chicago, IL: Raintree Publishing, 1980. ISBN: 9780839301509