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Troublemaker, Liberator, Scapegoat; Spears in Lebanon, 1941-44

Troublemaker, Liberator, Scapegoat; Spears in Lebanon, 1941-44

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12 March 2018 18:30 to 20:30

The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London
SW1Y 5AH

Major-General Sir Edward Spears was British Minister to the Levant from 1941-44, and played a vital role in Lebanese Independence in 1943. Inspired by six months painting, researching and exhibiting in Spears’s former residence in Beirut, artist, archivist and Beirut resident Tom Young pieces together a complex story full of risk, vanity, courage and contentious issues surrounding the imperial rivalry between Britain and France. Spears achieved what he claimed was his ‘mission’,…

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