Britain and the Arabs. A Study of Fifty Years 1908 to …

GLUBB, John Bagot, Sir [called 'Glubb Pasha']. Britain and the Arabs. A Study of Fifty Years 1908 to 1958.

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GLUBB, John Bagot, Sir [called 'Glubb Pasha']. Britain and the Arabs. A Study of Fifty Years 1908 to 1958. London, Hodder and Stoughton, [1959].

8vo. Original mid-blue cloth, upper board lettered in gilt, spine lettered in gilt, map endpapers after A. Spark, dustwrapper (not price-clipped); pp. 496; one double-page map after J. Szapiro, and 29 full-page maps and one double-page with 4 maps in the text, all after Spark; minimal spottin to endpapers and initially, unread, the wrapepr in particularly fine condition.
First edition.. The soldier and Arabist Sir John Glubb (1897-1986) was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1915 and served in France during World War I, before being posted to Mesopotamia in 1920, which 'was the beginning of his connection with the Arabs, for whom he formed an instant sympathy, so much so that in 1926 he left the army to join the British administration in Iraq' (ODNB). Following his success in stopping raids in southern Iraq, in 1930 Glubb 'was invited to join the Arab Legion in Transjordan, with a similar mission. This he accomplished within three years, raising a force of Bedouin camel police, which became famous as the desert patrol. In 1939 Amir Abdullah appointed him to command the Arab Legion as feriq (lieutenant-general) [...] Glubb was probably the first man to succeed in turning the Bedouin into disciplined soldiers' (loc. cit). The Arab Legion under Glubb's command distinguished itself during World War II, and he then led it during the post-War period with the support of King Abdullah. However, after Abdullah's assassination in 1951, Glubb fell from political favour, and, after a series of disagreements over King Hussein's policies, he was dismissed by Hussein in 1956: 'He arrived in Britain with only £5, and was not awarded a general's pension by either Britain or Jordan. He was appointed KCB (1956) on his arrival and thereafter the British government washed its hands of him [...] Glubb turned to his pen, and to lecturing, to provide for himself and his family of two sons and two daughters' (loc. cit.).
Britain and the Arabs spans the half-century between 1908 and 1958, for thirty-six years of which Glubb was in the area; he explains in his preface that, 'I have [...] chosen 1908 as the commencement of my period, because the Turkish revolution in that year resulted in the rise of the Young Turks, leading to Turkey's alliance with Germany on the one hand and to the intensification of Arab nationalism on the other. And hence to the whole train of events narrated in this account. Thus the fifty years from 1908 to 1958 seem to constitute a well-marked period of history, with a beginning and an end, capable of definite and separate treatment. From the British point of view, this fifty years covers the story of Britain's eviction of the Turks, and of the period during which she was generally regarded as the friend and mentor of the Arabs in general, until, her task completed for good or ill, she resigned, or lost, her pre-eminence and became one of several interested Powers. From the Arab point of view, the same fifty years covers the commencement of the Arab nationalist movement, through its various vicissitudes, until all the countries in the area had obtained indepepndent governments' (pp. 6-7). An advertisement in The Times on 26 March 1959 states that Britain and the Arabs will be 'Publishing April 9' (p. 15), and a further advertisement for The Times Bookshop published in the same newspaper on 9 April 1959 stated that, 'Sir John Glubb will be signing copies of his new book Britain and the Arabs in the Bookshop today, 2.30 to 4.30 p.m.' (p. 14), so it seems most likely that this copy -- signed by the author on the day of publication -- was signed at The Times Bookshop.
O'Brien F0402 (noting references to T.E. Lawrence on pp. 80, 82-83, 86, 88-89, 165, 191, and 480).

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