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Outline chronology of T. E. Lawrence's life




Youth |1914 | 1915 | 1916 | 1917 | 1918 | 1919 | 1920 | 1921 | 1922 | 1923 | 1924 | 1925 | 1926 | 1927 | 1928 | 1929 | 1930 | 1931 | 1932 | 1933 | 1934 | 1935

 


Early life, 1888 to 1914 >>>

Lawrences early life, from his birth to the outbreak of the Great War

The First World War, 1914 to 1918 >>>

From the outbreak of the Great War to the capture of Damascus, covering the politics of the Middle East before the Arab Revolt, and Lawrences activities during the Revolt itself. Includes detailed chronologies for 1917 and 1918 based on Lawrence's field diaries.

  • 1915 Works in the Intelligence Office in Cairo

  • 1916 Cairo - Mesopotamia - the Hejaz

  • 1917 Arab Revolt

  • 1918 January- October, Arab Revolt

Lawrence as Diplomat, 1918 to 1922 >>>

The Paris Peace Conference, The Cairo Conference, visits to the new Arab states, enlistment

  • 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.

Lawrence in the Ranks, 1922 to 1935 >>>

Lawrence in the RAF and Tank Corps. From his enlistment until his death in 1935

  • 1923 Tank Corps, translates The Forest Giant

  • 1924 Tank Corps, begins work on the revised abridgement of Seven Pillars

  • 1925 Tank Corps, then transferred to the RAF at Cranwell

  • 1926 Cranwell, completes the subscribers' Seven Pillars, drafts a popular abridgement (Revolt in the Desert)

  • 1927 India, Revolt in the Desert published, begins work on The Mint

  • 1928 completes The Mint, begins work on an Odyssey translation

  • 1929 Plymouth

  • 1930 Plymouth

  • 1931 Plymouth, begins work on high-speed boats for the RAF

  • 1932 Plymouth, Odyssey translation published

  • 1933 Plymouth then Felixstowe

  • 1934 Felixstowe

  • 1935 Retires from the RAF, fatal motor-cycle accident




Youth |1914 | 1915 | 1916 | 1917 | 1918 | 1919 | 1920 | 1921 | 1922 | 1923 | 1924 | 1925 | 1926 | 1927 | 1928 | 1929 | 1930 | 1931 | 1932 | 1933 | 1934 | 1935

 

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