The Arab awakening: the story of the Arab national movement. by Antonius, George. Publication date Topics Middle East — History. Mr. Antonius, Christian Arab and former government official in Palestine, has written the first comprehensive history of the Pan Arab by George Antonius. ANTONIUS, GEORGE. The Arab Awakening: A History of the Arab National Movement. Pp. xi, New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $ Show all.

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Retrieved from ” https: From the middle ofhe began a quest for wartime employment, a fact which he belatedly confessed to the ICWA:.

Want to Read saving…. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He briefly considered working as a awakenning advocate of the Arab case in London. Holmes and Meier,pp. Some of his analyses are naive claiming Ibn Saud is a moderating force! What makes this book special to me is mainly two things, the fact that it has a pre world war 2 perspective and the effort and research the author put into making it.

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atab However, for all the debts of gratitude owed by the Allies — particularly Britain — to the leaders of the Arab Revolt and their supporters among the populace, their actions in the wake of the war fell stunningly short of fitting. Born in to Greek Orthodox parents in Lebanon, he had been raised in Egypt and schooled in England. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

For Antonius did not wish to parlay The Arab Awakening into an academic position. It is a great reference book for academics or people looking into the history and formation of the Arab countries.


Antonius’s original research traces the yhe of the modern Middle East and remains of significant historiographical value for scholars and activists. No code of morals can justify the persecution of one people into an attempt to relieve the persecution of another. Muhammad A rated it it was ok Apr 08, Antonius is not without critique of his own countrymen.

The Arab awakening : the story of the Arab national movement

This correspondence between the British High Commissioner in Egypt and the Sherif of Mecca occurred between October and January and was not officially released until the London Conference. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Xwakening. Instead, the Sykes-Picot Agreement, made by the European Allies completely over the heads of the Arab people, was aimed at essentially turning the Arab lands into a new colonialist frontier between Britain and France.

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If not a sequel, then what further pursuit appealed to Antonius? Sir Gilbert Clayton, who headed the mission, antknius Antonius as a partner and arav experience that lifted Antonius above mundane administration and gave him a taste for politics.

This time there would be no secret pledges or covert undertakings of the kind Antonius had dissected in The Arab Awakening. Even as Antonius acknowledges the failures of al-Husayn and Faysal to successfully advocate for the Arab cause to the Allies or to fight effectively for it themselves, his portrayal of them is nonetheless deeply sympathetic, rendering them as tragic victims of their own honest and trusting natures. After several years of travel geeorge research in all parts of the Arab world, the author managed to gain access to all the relevant material necessary to the writing of a book such araab this – much of the material having been unavail This remarkable book on a complex and controversial subject is widely regarded as the best full account of the rise of the Arab national movement.


In all of these ways, Antonius has influenced generations of scholars, and that alone makes this text worth reading. In addition to the narrative account and assessments of military and political leaders, including Lawrence of Arabia, the book contains awakwning set of documents of fundamental importance to the history of the Arab revival. But did Antonius welcome an academic career and the opportunity to pursue his work single-mindedly?

Trivia About The Arab Awakenin He is of a fine old Greek family but says he cannot remember the time when he did not speak Arabic and French. Not only did this force the Ottomans to turn their attention inward and take the pressure off of British troops who were fighting in North Africa, but even more importantly from a strategic standpoint, the Arab Revolt effectively thwarted German communications with the colonies through Ottoman territory.

The final third covers post-war developments and how the Arabs were denied many, awakeinng not most, of their demands and the promises that had been made to them prior to the conflict.

Antonius showed a draft of the memorandum to the high commissioner for Palestine, Sir Harold MacMichael, who saw through it. At any rate, one of the three will want me. Oct 10, Christopher Saunders rated it it was amazing.