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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Return to Book Garbara. Some passages hinted at an anti-Arab bias. At least one of the reasons we give for this, anx us at least, self-evident superiority is our Judeo-Christian heritage. Syria which included Palestine at that time was strategically very important to British.

Jul 07, Spectre rated it it was amazing Shelves: From the early times of the Beaker people and Caliphates to the first crusades and pilgrimages, all the way down to the creation of the Jewish homeland by boble aristocratic and willowy former British Prime Minister Authur James Balfour and the Balfour Declaration of as well as the often overlooked Palestine Mandate, nothing is left out in describing how Israel came into being and England’s often historically forgotten role in its conception.

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.

Bible and Sword : England and Palestine from the Bronze Age to Balfour

Furthermore, especially in light of modern history, her focus on the Balfour declaration and refusal to go into the post world at all, despite her revision in in the mid 80s seems arbitrary and not terribly convincing.


Lords Shaftesbury came into the picture around 15th century as part of Puritan Movement. Barbara Tuchman is one of the finest writers and historians that I have ever read. Leaves a little age toned.

Lastly, may be missing components, e. Unlike “Lost to the West” which was lively and engaging, “The Bible and the Sword” often gets caught in a quagmire of detail.

I thought it was interesting how Christianity’s importance ebbed and flowed- in in the s, out in the s, in swodr the s, back out toward the end of the century. This book however, is more about the British and their reason for wanting to control a piece of the Middle East.

Bible and Sword: England and Palestine from the Bronze Age to Balfour

Random House Trade Paperbacks. The reader discovers in the biblr long struggle barbarx the “Jewish question” the variety and complexity of motives which enter into all national destinies. Looking for beautiful books? The book ends with the Balfour declaration during WW I pledging Palestine as the homeland to be created under British auspices. This was before oil was discovered and the Arabs were for the most part nomads of the desert. Barbara Tuchman and much of the 19th and early 20th century British Government were more “Zionistic” than many even in Israel today.

Which starts to come off as political, which I think is valid, but also partisan, which is not my intent. Unfortunately, this book largely misses the exodus, the fall of the Roman empire in Palestine, the Byzantine empire, Mohommad’s conquest of Jerusalem, the Ummayads, the rise of the Mamluks and the Ottomans. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for swprd with over 50 million reviews.


Published March by Ballantine Books xnd published We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. The criticism of this book is founded.

Encountering Bible and Sword by Barbara Tuchman – Noah Kennedy

This book was originally written in This is an important book to read as the eminent historian traces the religious and political relationships between Great Britain and Palestine culminating in the Balfour declaration and mandate.

Pages contain marginal notes, underlining, and or highlighting. Sign up here to ahd your FREE alerts. Sign In Register Help Cart. Now, that being said, there is tuxhman question that the Jews have been treated unspeakably badly by Christians for a very, very long time.

Bible and Sword Tuchman, Barbara W. In addition to the disappointment one often feels for old favorites revisited, there was also the fact that I am now embarked on my own book about Jerusalem and Israel. Well, you really do need to look up how the Jews treated the locals when they first turned up in the holy land.