SYMHC Classics: Gertrude Bell, The Uncrowned Queen of Iraq, Part 2


1921: Members of the Mesopotamia Commission, set up to discuss the future of Mesopotamia at the Cairo Conference. Included in the photograph are Gertrude Bell (second from left, second row), T E Lawrence (fourth from the right, second row),Herbert Samuel, 1st Viscount Samuel (left of Churchill) and Winston Churchill (centre front row). Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images

The second installment of this Sarah and Deblina classic two-parter follows Gertrude Bell on her adventures after World War I begins. The British army asked her to help them retain their influence in the Middle East. But how did she get from there to helping found modern Iraq?