War in the shadows: a comparative study of T E Lawrence and Michael Collins

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T.E. Lawrence, 1918
T.E. Lawrence, 1918

This course offers a comparative analysis of guerrilla warfare in Ireland and the Middle East during the First World War. It examines the intelligence and military careers of two very different historical figures who, for very different reasons, would become household names in Great Britain.

T E Lawrence, the British intelligence officer who fought against the Ottoman Turks alongside Arab irregulars was immortalised in David Lean’s 1962 film, Lawrence of Arabia, starring Peter O’Toole. The film was a global sensation, but the West and the Middle East have interpreted his legacy quite differently. Michael Collins, a country boy who became the first urban guerrilla, laid the foundations of the Irish state and then negotiated its independence. He was chairman of its Provisional Government, then commander-in-chief of its armed forces when it was plunged into civil war – all this before dying at the hands of his fellow republicans at the age of 31. This course explores the legacy of both men, and examines their impact on political and military policy during the First World War.

Course programme

Friday 21 November 2014

Please plan to arrive between 16:30 and 18:30. You can meet other course members in the bar which opens at 18:15. Tea and coffee making facilities are available in the study bedrooms.

19:00 Dinner
20:30 - 22:00 Ireland and the Middle East on the eve of the First World War
22:00 Terrace bar open for informal discussion

Saturday 22 November 2014

07:30 Breakfast
09:00 - 10:30 T E Lawrence
10:30 Coffee
11:00 - 12:30 Michael Collins
12.30 Free
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Free
16:00 Tea
16:30 - 18:00 Lawrence of Arabia
18:00 Free
18:30 Dinner
20:00 - 21:30 Michael Collins: a divisive figure still?
21:30 Terrace bar open for informal discussion

Sunday 23 November 2014

07:30 Breakfast
09:00 - 10:30 T E Lawrence, the Arab view; Michael Collins, the American view
10:30 Coffee
11:00 - 12:30 T E Lawrence and Michael Collins: a comparative analysis
12.30 Free
12:45 Lunch

The course will disperse after lunch.

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pdf Welcome to Madingley

pdf Syllabus and reading resource list

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  • Cambridge University Press (CUP) Bursary (£100) – if you teach at a UK state school or state-funded further education institution.

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Course details

Start date

21 November 2014 (19:00)

End date

23 November 2014 (14:00)

Course code

1415NRX046

Duration

1 weekend

Venue

Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
Madingley Hall, Madingley
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
United Kingdom
CB23 8AQ

Course fee

£250.00

Accommodation fees

Single room: £120
Double/Twin room (per person, 2 people sharing): £100

Qualifications / Credits

Non-accredited

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Did you know that bursaries are available for this course?

  • Cambridge University Press (CUP) Bursary (£100) – if you teach at a UK state school or state-funded further education institution.

Please note that you cannot retrospectively apply for a bursary.