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Preview — Jerusalem 1913 by Amy Dockser Marcus
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
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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
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.
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
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
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.