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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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I love Barbara Tuchman for a long time. She is a REAL historian but when she writes you forget that and just enjoy her skill and learn in the process. Read morePublished 2 months ago by john tuthill
Even if you seldom enjoy reading history books, try
any book byTuchman she was the master of bringing the time and place to you! Enjoy!
Barbara Tuchman is the most readable history writer I have enjoyed, on a par with Shelby Foote. Read Guns of August and The Proud Tower twice. Significant, informative, gripping. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Lots of info to wade through as always with her books, but she has an objective historian's eye on the past and digs out little-known (to me anyway!) anecdotes and timelines.Published 4 months ago by K. McTaggart
What can anyone say about Barbara? Excellent book, very good if you are interested in the beginning of Palestine and Israel.Published 5 months ago by John J. Valentine
I am a fan of Barbara Tuchman! Although she has passed away, her books are truly well researched, well written, and so detailed! This is an amazing read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by beau
“It is clearer now that no anti-Semitic government in any country has ever helped its scapegoats to leave by any other door than death. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kristi Richardson