Her other works include Bible and Sword, The Proud Tower, Stilwell and the American Experience in China (for which Tuchman was awarded a second Pulitzer. Bible and Sword [Barbara W. Tuchman] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Historical look at England and Palestine from the Bronze Age to . From Barbara W. Tuchman, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Guns of August, comes history through a wide-angle lens: a fascinating chronicle of Britain’s.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Bible and Sword by Barbara W. Historically, the Barbra were drawn to the Holy Land for two major reasons: Throughout this account, Tuchman demonstrates that the seeds of conflict were planted in the Middle East long before the official founding of the modern state of Israel.
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Dana I would try Martin Gilbert’s, Israel: See 1 question about Bible and Sword…. Lists with This Book. Jul 10, Trevor rated it liked it Shelves: In the West we like to think that we are somewhat better than barbaea other peoples of the world.
At least one of the reasons we give tuchma this, to us at least, self-evident superiority is our Judeo-Christian heritage. This heritage is what we refer to when we need to explain our sense of justice and it is also often quoted as the actual source swrod our legal system as well as our systems of government — despite how diverse these are while also being seen as the sole soul?
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I In the West we like to think that we sworv somewhat better than the other peoples of the world. One might just as well say that Socrates is father of modern Biology because in one of the dialogues Plato mentions birds. But then, why let details get in the way of what has proven a remarkably reassuring story? Well, you really do need to look up how the Jews treated the locals when they first turned up in the holy land.
Unfortunately, this has been a bit of a repeated theme in the holy land — right down to the present — by both Jews and Christians.
The tragedy that is Gaza today would not be possible without the massive US aid Israel receives – more than any other. Morality is a difficult concept in such circumstances and is probably better spoken about in very general terms, rather than dwelling in specifics. We are told at least three times from various sources during this book that the local Arabs had turned the garden that was Israel into the wasteland that was Palestine before the Jews returned.
This is repeatedly presented as fact and never explained. No one is expected to pay any attention to their claims nor their lives. This is a terribly strange book. It presents itself as a history of the holy land between the Bronze Age and the Treaty of Balfour — but actually, it is a history with an exclusively Western focus.
As someone born in Ireland and now living in Australia tucbman I find the whole question of Nationality barbafa Patriotism deeply troubling and beware of understatement quite problematic. Patriotism, Nationalism — they are all much of a muchness to me while also being among the most frightening of human emotions.
Now, that being said, there is little question that the Jews have been treated unspeakably badly by Christians for a very, very long time. This book reminds us that Jesus was a Jew, as were all of his original followers. But then again, such are the contortions of religion which I blble never understand. Neapolitan had no problem promising Palestine to the Jews, as did numerous British Prime Ministers, but not so much because they felt the Jews had been treated badly, as because they felt the Jews would act in ways favourable to their ambitions in empire building.
As an Irishman I also struggle with the idea that centuries of mistreatment of my people by the English automatically entitles me to special treatment.
My dream, and like all dreams it is based on impossibilities, bibe that tucbman day there will be no nationalities and consequently no need for racism — if I thought there was anything I could bring that day closer, I would do it with pride. But people so love to be part of groups, people so desire to belong particularly if those groups can be at the expense of other groupsI have little faith in my dream. View all 16 comments.
Apr 14, Evan Leach rated it really liked it Shelves: Bible and Swordher first published work, has an unusual and ambitious focus. The book examines the relationship between England and the Holy Land over the past 2, years, and how that relationship led to the Balfour Declarationa statement by Britain that it intended for Palestine recently wr After finishing The Guns of Augustwhich I thought was adn real masterpiece, I was overcome with enthusiasm for Barbara Tuchman Tuch-mania?
The book examines barbarq relationship between England and the Holy Land over the past 2, years, and how that relationship led to the Balfour Declarationa statement by Britain that it intended for Palestine recently wrested from the dying clutches of the Ottoman Empire to be a national home for the Jewish people. Religion It is easy to forget, or at least fail to appreciate, the overwhelming importance of the church in the daily life of Europeans for most of the Middle Ages. For centuries, the Bible was the only book that many people would read if they could read at alland they would read it over and over and over and over.
Visitors to the Holy Land, who had read the Bible over and over and overoften found that they knew the landmarks around Galilee better than, say, Wales. Ultimately, the importance of the Bible meant that Palestine was considered hallowed ground from an early point in English history. Literal interpreters of the Bible believed that resettling the Jews in the Holy Land would facilitate the Second Coming.
Without the Bible, the Balfour Declaration and ultimately, Israel might baarbara have happened. Economics While religion continued to play a major role in the way the British approached barbarw relationship with Palestine, as time went on economics took on more and more importance.
The region was a major trading post throughout the Renaissance, and became a very hot commodity during the Age of Imperialism: Economic interests kept Britain entangled in Palestinian affairs even during periods like the 18th century when religious fervor waned, and gave England a major incentive to keep the region under their thumb after World War I, even as a Jewish protectorate instead of a full-on colony.
Jewry The Jewish perspective throughout all of this wrangling over the centuries was equally fascinating. Unique throughout human history, the Jews somehow maintained a sense of national identity for millennia without an actual nation to call their own.
By the time that a Jewish state became a distinct possibility, many Western Jews were actually strongly opposed to it, to the bewilderment of the gentile community. Many of these men and women had become successful in their adopted countries, and were reluctant to overthrow their lives and move to the Palestinian desert. Instead, they thought the best course was to try and rise above the discrimination and occasional abuses they suffered, attempt to assimilate within the Western nations as best they could, and trust that in time they would be fully accepted.
It was the Jews of Eastern Europe and Russia, much more impoverished and victimized than their Western kin at the timethat carried the banner of Zion and enthusiastically supported the dream of a Jewish state.
The book also discusses the failed attempt to establish a Jewish state in East Africa, which was completely new to me and fascinating. Conclusion Tuchman is as good as they come at making history come alive, and even in her debut the writing is razor-sharp and thoroughly engaging.
I also thought that the subject was incredibly interesting.
Bible and Sword
This second criticism is the big one — in hindsight, the Balfour Declaration was ultimately just a stepping-stone to the creation of a Jewish state. It was admittedly a major stepping stone, but the events of the next 30 years the decline of imperialism, World War II, and particularly the Holocaust were to play a much larger role. Stopping the narrative at feels frustratingly incomplete. But ultimately, this book barbarq very interesting, extremely well-written, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the formation of Israel as a nation or the historical impact of religion on the British state.
View all 3 comments. This book covers a good chunk dword that time while various people, for various reasons, with wildly different interpretations of biblical prophecy, do everything in their power to force the fulfillment of those prophecies. I applaud the effort. That kind of determination deserves an honorable mention.
Jan 01, Marc A. This is Barbara Tuchman’s first significant published work, released in For once swrd unfortunate combination of slow reading speed and propensity to be distracted from my reading by the pursuit of other avocations e.
I’m currently trying to use a computer program to teach myself to play the pianohas worked to my advantage as – at he time I started reading Bible and Sword back in April – conflict between Israel and it’s Palestinian and other Arab antagonists was on the back burner of This is Barbara Tuchman’s first significant published work, released in I’m currently trying to use a computer program to teach myself to play the pianohas worked to my advantage as – at he time I started reading Bible and Sword back in April – conflict between Israel and it’s Palestinian and other Arab antagonists was on the back burner of media attention as Secretary of State Kerry struggled without success to restart some kind of peace process for his boss, Pres.
Exodus, a private vessel filled with Jewish refugees from the horrors of the Holocaust. All this Tuchman brings to light with what would come to be known as her characteristic command of the primary sources, and a writing style that makes real history as readable and arresting as a novel as she imparts, not just a parade of what events occurred, but the all important motivations – the why – as best as it can be understood from the actual bibpe and deeds of the principals.
This would be a perfect time to read this fine book. Dec 20, Nicholas rated it it was amazing. Feb 04, Vince rated it really liked it. The book is a little unfinished for the modern reader as it ends in and Adn. Tuchman had no way of knowing how the state of Israel would develop.
Still the premise and scholarship are both A1. She traces the history of England’s connection to Palestine and the Jewish people from mythical pre Roman times right up to the partition of The twists aand turns are fascinating and I recommend this book which is readable even to those who might not go in with a lot of knowledge on the subjects a The book is a little unfinished for the modern reader as it ends in and Ms.
The twists and turns are fascinating and I recommend this book which is readable even to those who might not go in with a lot of knowledge on the subjects and figures presented.
What can one say, Barbara Tuchman is a great history writer. And this, the book before she broke Huge with The Zimmerman Telegram, is no exception. It’s not a simple milieu, but of course Tuchman is there to hold one’s hand and guide one from idea to idea.
She really does go back a long way, so Dark Ages and Medieval themes and history What can one say, Barbara Tuchman is a great history writer. She really does go back a long way, so Bble Ages and Medieval themes and history come into play, as does the reformation and counter reformation as the two streams of Christianity become more than four, and politicize.
Of course in Parallel, the Porte is unifying an empire, but all the time maintaining contact with a particularly distant power-England.
She’s able to explain why, pre Holocaust, Western Jews were far less Zionist than their Eastern European, Official Pogrom-scarred brethren, and why many other subtle influences effect the flow of this particular history.
Junior readers will find this a challenge, but one well worth the struggle. Dec 09, Erik Graff rated it liked it Recommends it for: Bagbara read and enjoyed a number of books by Tuchman I picked this up from a sale shelf at The Amarynth Bookstore in Evanston.