Lawrence of Arabia: Soldier and Celebrity – The Man, the Myth and the Media

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A lecture by Dr John Peaty FRGS FRHistS, International Secretary of the British Commission for Military History and Private Historian.T E Lawrence by Lowell Thomas

A British officer, Thomas Edward Lawrence was one of the leaders of the Arab revolt against the Turks during the First World War. The subject of many biographies, T.E. Lawrence is one of the very few military figures from the First World War familiar to the general public as a result of the celebrated 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia.

As a result of recent operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, T.E. Lawrence has enjoyed a resurgence of interest among British and American army officers.

In his presentation, Dr Peaty will try to disentangle the man from the myth, examine the various portrayals of Lawrence and try to explain how a junior British Army officer became, next to Mao, the most famous guerrilla leader the world has ever known.

Dr John Peaty FRGS FRHistS is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and of the Royal Historical Society. He has been for many years the International Secretary of the British Commission for Military History. He is a member of the Royal United Services Institute, British Cartographic Society (Convenor of the Historical Military Mapping Group), Institute for Historical Research (Life Member), Society for Army Historical Research (Chair of the Templer Medal Committee) and RAF Historical Society (Founder Member). He has lectured widely on military history to both specialist and non-specialist audiences both in the UK and abroad. He has contributed to volumes of essays and has published articles on military history. Dr Peaty is an inveterate battlefield tourer.

An optional £10 sandwich lunch shall be available from 1215.

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