Drink and Discuss T.E. Lawrence with Dr. Rob Johnson
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About the Event
The Eunomia Journal team, led by ASA member Arnel David, will have James Micciche (FA59), Kyle Staron (CA), and Kevin Chapla (FAO), host Dr. Rob Johnson from the University of Oxford, Director of the Changing Character of War Centre. They will drink and discuss his new book, Lawrence of Arabia On War: The Campaign in the Desert 1916-1918
Lawrence of Arabia is one of the most iconic figures of the First World War, seen by many as a heroic and romantic guerrilla leader in a period of savage and deeply impersonal industrial warfare. While Lawrence himself has been the subject of many biographies, and an award-winning film, the context of his war in the desert, and his ideas on war itself, are less well known.
Lawrence of Arabia on War is a study of those ideas, and of his campaign of irregular warfare which has informed tactical theory and decision-making down to the present day. It explores the challenges he faced in a complex environment against a more numerous and better armed adversary, and the manner in which he assessed what was changing, what was distinctive, and what was unique to guerrilla warfare in the desert. Setting Lawrence in his historical context, it examines the peace settlement he participated in, analyses how other military writers made use of his ideas, and describes the ways in which his legacy has informed and inspired those partnering and mentoring local forces today.
They will be giving away free copies of the book all week.