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Bible and Sword: England and Palestine from the Bronze Age to Balfour Paperback – February 12, 1984
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“In her métier as a narrative popular historical writer, Barbara Tuchman is supreme.”—Chicago Sun-Times
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"Barbara Tuchman is a wise and witty writer, a shrewd observer with a lively command of high drama."
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Regarding the work itself, the topic of Britain's relationship with Palestine and central role in the movement toward re-establishment of the Jewish state is fascinating. The canvas is broad, covering roughly 1,700 years from the original Christian communities in 3rd century Britain to the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which established the British policy of restoring the Jewish state to Palestine. The thesis is compelling, namely that the Balfour Declaration was the scion of twin progenitors--the Christian motivation to restore the Jews to the promised land as a prerequisite to the second coming of Christ and the imperial motivation to control the vital Mediterranean commercial route to India and the Far East. Interestingly, Tuchman makes it clear that, with several individual exceptions, these motivations had nothing to do with concern for the Jews but rather originated from the spiritual and temporal aspirations of Britain. The ebb and flow of the Britain-Palestine relationship makes for fascinating reading, covering topics such as the early Holy Land pilgrimages, the Crusades, the role of the British Navy in halting Napoleon's conquest of Palestine and the British role in propping up the Ottoman Turks.Read more ›
With this said, her thorough coverage of the Balfour mandate starts not in the 19th century, but far back in the past, even before Britain first began to recognize the Christian debt to the Jews. Starting in the Bronze age, continuing through the Crusades, exploring Victorian ideals, and finishing with a thorough review of the events leading up to the formation of Israel, this book is nothing if not thorough.
For anyone who enjoys Tuchman's work, this book is no disappointment. For anyone curious about the convoluted and intricate relationship between Britain and Palestine, between Christian and Jew, this book is essential reading.
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An old book, but perfect for research and background of a troubled part of the world.Published 5 months ago by Margaret Harrell
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It's a great book. Well-written and informative. I plan to reread it in a year.Published 8 months ago by LanaP
I found this book so compelling that I read long passages from it aloud to my friends. It begins with legend and lore and becomes more factual and historical as it progresses. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michael K. Stuckey
Slow read due to thorough examination of characters and factors that created the story. Well worth the time.Published 9 months ago by Dennis Smith