Who is Gertrude of Arabia?

HAVE YOU heard of Gertrude of Arabia? We’ve probably all heard of Lawrence, but Gertrude? I’m not surprised if you haven’t heard of her because I also did not know anything about her until recently.

She’s supposed to be  the woman who literally invented Iraq. How’s that?

Well, check out this article I recently found via Facebook: Gertrude of Arabia, the Woman Who Invented Iraq – The Daily Beast.

According to the article, Gertrude was “a British intelligence agent who rigged an election, installed a king loyal to the British, drew new borders, and gave us today’s ungovernable country. ” Wow! Perhaps we can blame all those present troubles in the middle east to this woman.

Being a history nut and a war freak the story of Gertrude of Arabia obviously fascinates me a lot.

gertrude of arabia - daily beast

Featured image credit: The Daily Beast

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