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  • Paperback: 492 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Publications (December 1, 1939)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931541248
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931541244
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A good book written by a scholar, an expert on the subject and a resident in the country.... A very excellent and extremely able book." -- The Observer, London

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"The whole of this brilliantly written book moves at the same plane of objective and critical scholarship." --Daily Telegraph, London



"A good book written by a scholar, an expert on the subject and a resident in the country.... A very excellent and extremely able book." -- The Observer, London

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"The whole of this brilliantly written book moves at the same plane of objective and critical scholarship." --Daily Telegraph, London

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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George Antonius was a scholar and expert on the Middle East. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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This is the first widely used book on Arab nationalism.
Havel Boris
In 1939 American diplomats involved in the Middle East strongly recommended the book to their juniour colleagues for deeper understanding of the region.
D. Shavialiou
With all the maps, the book is an excellent and invaluable resource regarding the Middle East.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Giant Panda on August 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is definitely the classic account of the rise of the Arabic people and the making of the modern Middle East. It covers the critical periods of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, when most of the Arab countries went through radical change from being part of the Ottoman Empire, to being colonized by Western powers, to becoming independent again. Learn about the history of Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Palestine, from an Arab perspective. Though written more than half a century ago, this book is indispensable and offers fundamental insights on Middle East affairs, and is packed full of historical facts that withstood the test of time. A primary advantage of this book is the part about Palestine, which was written before the formation of Israel in 1948 and therefore reflects the intricacy and complexity of that crucial first half of the century from a unique perspective. A Palestinian himself, George Antonius is not afraid to put his thoughts on Palestine in the open, describing his vision for coexistence between the Palestinian and the Jewish people in one democratic and constitutional state. The only weakness I find in this book is the author's tendency to give too much credit to the Hashemites, overplaying their role in forming Arab events at the turn of the century, and underplaying their role in collaborating with th British and the Zionists to the detriment of their Arab brethren. Of course some of those secret deals were not known at his time, but he could have been a less forgiving historian.
Still, there still is no comparable text that treats the pre-1940 history of the Arab Middle East in such detail as "The Arab Awakening".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chimonsho on February 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Though not a key unlocking all Middle Eastern mysteries, "Arab Awakening" effectively traces Arabs' response to the challenges of Western and Ottoman imperialism. Some of the analysis is now superceded, e.g. giving primacy to Lebanese Christians as pioneers of Arabism while downplaying Islamic modernizers. But it holds up remarkably well overall, describing the movement and exposing British double-dealing over Palestine. A Christian Arab and former Foreign Office official, Antonius was perfectly positioned to write this book, though FO ties probably led former colleagues to favor his views. Original research and heartfelt sentiments ensure its classic status, but the revelation is the humane portrayal of all parties involved. This contrasts markedly with the regionwide trend toward confrontation since the 1930s. "Arab Awakening" displays nationalism at its best, a positive force advocating political rights for the excluded (like Zionism at its best). A much-needed study of Antonius's career is S. Boyle, "Betrayal of Palestine."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Giant Panda on October 19, 2008
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This is definitely the classic account of the rise of the Arabic people and the making of the modern Middle East. It covers the critical periods of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, when most of the Arab countries went through radical change from being part of the Ottoman Empire, to being colonized by Western powers, to becoming independent again. Learn about the history of Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Palestine, from an Arab perspective. Though written more than half a century ago, this book is indispensable and offers fundamental insights on Middle East affairs, and is packed full of historical facts that withstood the test of time. A primary advantage of this book is the part about Palestine, which was written before the formation of Israel in 1948 and therefore reflects the intricacy and complexity of that crucial first half of the century from a unique perspective. A Palestinian himself, George Antonius is not afraid to put his thoughts on Palestine in the open, describing his vision for coexistence between the Palestinian and the Jewish people in one democratic and constitutional state. The only weakness I find in this book is the author's tendency to give too much credit to the Hashemites, overplaying their role in forming Arab events at the turn of the century, and underplaying their role in collaborating with th British and the Zionists to the detriment of their Arab brethren. Of course some of those secret deals were not known at his time, but he could have been a less forgiving historian.

Still, there still is no comparable text that treats the pre-1940 history of the Arab Middle East in such detail as "The Arab Awakening".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Shavialiou on June 22, 2008
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The book by G. Antonius "The Arab Awakening: The story of the Arab national movement" is a classical book about al-Nahda epoch of the late 19th - early 20th century. In 1939 American diplomats involved in the Middle East strongly recommended the book to their juniour colleagues for deeper understanding of the region. "The Arab Awakening" is one of the most cited books devoted to the Middle East problems.

G. Antonius was one of the founders of "standard historiography", as well as Colonel T. E. Lawrence, Amin Said, Professor D. G. Hogarth etc. The Antonius' style is beautiful. He was born in Syria, he knew the Middle East very well, and he was acquainted with the main figures of his writing.

I have received the edition of 1969 by Librairie du Liban. Although it is not the first edition of 1938 by Hamish Hamilton Publishers (I had studied it previously preparing my PhD dissertation) I also recommend this book by G. Antonius as those American diplomats in 1939 to everyone who wants to know the Middle East better.
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