Jerusalem 1913: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Searching for the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict, historians for years focused on the British Mandate period (1920–1948). Amy Dockser Marcus, however, demonstrates that the bloody struggle for power actually started much earlier, when Jerusalem was still p...more
Sadly, you won't find that here. I'll save you the trouble: Marcus' argument, such as it is, that there was a chance for peace, as long as Jews, Arabs and oth ...more
- beginning heavily with foregrounding of anecdotes and stories that suggest the author speaks from a place of universal values of human rights, but without naming those values specifically or explicitly and - therefore - not being able to be held accountable to them later on (such as emphases on coexistence, without really saying what that m ...more
The beginning of the turmoil that is the late 20th early 21st century middle east she encapsulates in stories from a pivotal if not ...more
Marcus’ thesis in Jerusalem 1913, which is echoed in the PBS documentary, is that Arabs, Jews, and Christians lived in relative harmony in Jerusalem in ...more
It amazed and shocked me how little of the story is ever told. There were parts and pieces of the story that of course any good student of history knows but you never mange to connect all the dots. The fall Ottoman Empire, The rise of the Young Turks, WW1, the financial strain on the French government, the German Militarization, the commitment of Zionist movement... really a great book.
She does spend a good deal of time setting up the sc ...more
And likewise, the growing Arab nationalism in the face of Ottoman and British suppression gave stren ...more
I am glad I accidentally found this book.
Nevertheless, it is a nice look at the events of 1913 in Palestine which has set the path for today's reality of a divided, apartheid state.