In the Introduction to this study of Lawrence and the Great War, Jae-kyung Koh claims that his book will focus on the polymorphous effects, social, political, psychological, of the war, on and in Lawrences work (p. 15). The book begins with an overview of Lawrences response to the Great War, before concentrating on readings of texts directly related to it (or containing themes connected with it). Koh discusses Lawrences sense that the Great War represented the end of a Christian civilization which had privileged the love-mode at the expense of the power-mode, repressing pre-Christian pagan forces and unleashing destructive, reactive violence in the process. Lawrence is said to view destruction as a necessary prelude to a new mode of life and a new kind of being. This is the origin of a comparison Koh draws between Lawrence and Michel Foucault: Koh claims that Lawrences historical vision parallels Michel Foucaults paradoxical vision of historical development as an endlessly repeated movement of discontinuity and continuity (p. 15).