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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I can certainly identify with that! This belief took time and rise of anti-Semitism to change. Aug 03, Kirk Lowery rated it bafbara it Shelves: British supported dying Ottoman Empire till the very last. Jul 07, Spectre rated it it was amazing Shelves: To ask other readers questions about Bible and Swordplease sign up.


For instance, she writes that the Jews were “the only people on earth ever to retain national identity an a national territory” p. He was part of the government and pushed this idea forward. Leaves a little age toned. The Bible and the Sword is a comprehensive look at the formation of the Jewish homeland in Israel. This attachment was transformed into pilgrimage to Holy Land aand the guarantee of salvation and forgiveness.

But culturally, the Empire needed a moral justification for taking control, and the restoration of Israel provided that justification.

England and Palestine from the Bronze Age to Balfouroriginally published in and wonderfully performed in my edition by Wanda McCaddonis sparkling and well worth reading or listening to today: Toward the end of her Preface, datedMrs. Where this would be an excellent text to understand the nuances of middle east conflict in a college class, it sacrifices story telling for detail. Having read and enjoyed a number of books by Tuchman I picked this up from a sale shelf at The Amarynth Bookstore in Evanston.


It’s not a simple milieu, but of course Tuchman is there to hold one’s hand and guide one from idea to idea. What the title implies and Tuchman asserts at the end is that the British Empire wanted Palestine for strategic reasons: Let’s just say that Barbara Tuchman is a historical writer well worth reading.

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Bible and Swordher first published work, has an unusual and ambitious focus. It found its way to the British Parliament as well.

She really does go back a long way, so Dark 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. This is repeatedly presented as fact and never explained. I was disappointed in the book, though not at all by what Tuchman presented there. Book ratings by Goodreads. This book is outstanding for its historical grasp and originality, but it also synthesizes the countless forces of religious evolution, tradition, ethical belief, esthetic criteria, expansionist spirit, and quest for security, of which mass psychology and national character- at least in England- are compounded.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Indeed the fact that early Christians and early Muslims had to rationalize their scriptures with the Hebrew Bible and traditions is just the same point being made another way: It is well written and kept my interest throughout.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Middle Eastern World History Category: The region was a major trading post throughout the Renaissance, and became a very hot commodity during the Age of Imperialism: 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 Pages are tan and not crisp white.

A provocative piece of research and interpretation, for lasting if modest sales to libraries, students of history and the new country- Israel. My dream, and like all dreams it is based on impossibilities, is that one 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.


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They were finally brought together at the end of World War I, when Britain’s conquest of Palestine from the Turks and the solemn moment of entering Jerusalem were imminent. As always, Tuchman is simply brilliant. This book traces out the history of Britain to find out exactly how and when the idea of Jewish return to Palestine came into existence.

This book however, is more about the British and their reason for wanting to control a piece of the Middle East. Neapolitan had no problem promising Palestine to the Jews, as gible 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.

However, where usually the strength of barbaraa narrative outweighs her other flaws, something tuchjan Bible and Sword just doesn’t come together correctly.

Instead I thought that she had stopped short, with the end of World War I, –way short of what I had expected. She spends some time comparing the challenges Theodor Herzl, an early Zionist, faced at the turn of the 19 th century to those Moses faced in Biblical times leading the Swprd to the Promised Land.

Historically, the British were drawn to the Holy Land for two major reasons: