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Post-War Diplomacy and Enlistment, 1918-22




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1918 Returns to London, argues the Arab case with the British Government.

1919 Attends the Paris Peace Conference, begins drafting Seven Pillars, visits Cairo, takes up an All Souls fellowship; Lowell Thomas lectures in London; the first draft of Seven Pillars is stolen when almost complete.

1920 Hurriedly rewrites Seven Pillars, begins a political campaign against the Middle East settlement, begins but then abandons a popular abridgement of Seven Pillars for publication in the US; begins work on a corrected and polished third draft of the full text.

1921 Joins the Colonial Office under Winston Churchill as adviser on Arab Affairs; orchestrates the Cairo Conference; assists Churchill with a settlement in TransJordan, attempts to negotiate a treaty with the Hedjaz.

1922 Leaves the Colonial Office, completes Seven Pillars and has eight proof-copies printed; begins to circulate the book in this form to critics; accepts a proposal for a popular abridgement; enlists in the RAF as 'J.H. Ross' and is posted for basic training to the recruits' depot at Uxbridge, and thence to the School of Photography at Farnborough; his secret enlistment is revealed in the press.




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