Devastated Lands: Lebanon at the end of the Great War, 1918 I Prof Eugene Rogan I 16 Jan 2018

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Devastated Lands: Lebanon at the End of the Great War, 1918 The First World War had brought an unprecedented degree of loss and suffering to the people of Lebanon. This lecture examines through works of literature and eyewitness accounts how the people of Lebanon looked back on the Ottoman experience and their different expectations of the post-Ottoman world. Professor Eugene Rogan is Director of the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. He took his B.A. in economics from Columbia, and his M.A. and PhD in Middle Eastern history from Harvard. He taught at Boston College and Sarah Lawrence College before taking up his post in Oxford in 1991, where he teaches the modern history of the Middle East. He is author of The Arabs: A History (Penguin, 2009), which has been translated in ten languages and was named one of the best books of 2009 by The Economist, The Financial Times, and The Atlantic Monthly. His earlier works include Frontiers of the State in the Late Ottoman Empire (Cambridge University Press, 1999), for which he received the Albert Hourani Book Award of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and the Fuad Köprülü Prize of the Turkish Studies Association; The War for Palestine: Rewriting the History of 1948 (Cambridge University Press, 2001, second edition 2007, with Avi Shlaim), which has been published in Arabic, French, Turkish and Italian editions; and Outside In: On the Margins of the Modern Middle East (I.B. Tauris, 2002). His latest book, The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East, 1914 - 1920, was published in February 2015. CBRL hosted this lecture in partnership with the London Middle East Institute at SOAS and the British Lebanese Association as their Sir David Robert’s memorial Lecture.

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