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From early times, the British have been drawn to the Holy Land through two major influences: the translation of the Bible into English, and later, the imperial need to control the road to India and access to the oil of the Middle East. Under these influences, one cultural and the other political-military, countless Englishmen have made their way to the land of the ancient Hebrews. With lucidity and vivid writing, Barbara Tuchman brings to life the development of these twin motives–the Bible and the sword–in the consciousness of the British people, until they were finally brought together at the end of WWI. Tuchman demonstrates that the seeds of today’s troubles were planted long before the first efforts at founding a modern state of Israel were implemented.
“In her métier as a narrative historical writer, Barbara is supreme.”--Chicago Sun-Times
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface; Foreword; 1. Origins; 2. Apostle to the Britons; 3. “Within Thy Gates, O Jerusalem”; 4. The Crusades; 5. The Bible in English; 6. Merchant Adventurers to the Levant; 7. On the Edge of Prophecy; 8; Eclipse of the Bible; 9. The Eastern Question; 10. Lord Shaftesbury’s Vision; 11. Palestine in the Path of Empire; 12. Enter the Jews; 13. The Rush for the Holy Land; 14. Closing In: Disraeli, Suez, and Cyprus; 15. The Eagles Gather: The Sultan’s Dilemma; 16. Herzl and Chamberlain; 17. Culmination: The Balfour Declaration and the Palestine Mandate; Postscript; Bibliography, Notes