ARAB AWAKENING The Story of the Arab National Movement

(London: Hamish Hamilton, 1938).

IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST STUDY OF THE ARAB NATIONAL MOVEMENT EVER TO HAVE BEEN WRITTEN. Antonius chronicles the long history of the various movements which were active in the ancient Arab dominions from before and during the Ottoman conquests. There is a good history here, providing a good deal of overview information concerning the entire region leading up to the crucial events of the early twentieth century when during the First World War, the Arab tribes, led by Faisal, in league with T.E. Lawrence and the British forces, provoked and ultimately succeeded in diminishing and finally defeating the Turks and Germans through some extraordinary actions and some of the earliest guerilla warfare tactics. As well, the author provides a very succinct and readable history of the affairs and events that followed the peace and divisions and mandates agreed to by the active parties to the war. There is a good discussion of the how the various mandates led to the forming of the modern Middle East and the subsequent division of the Arab lands into national states as well as a discussion of the special case of Palestine. Item #31575

Scarce First Edition. With five maps printed in colour, three of which are fold-out. 8vo, publisher's original green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. 471 pp. A good copy Clean and tight internally, the text-block in fine order, the binding with some sunning and evidence of age and use.

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