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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Bible and Sword : Barbara W Tuchman :

Very well written tuchjan all her books. This book is in very good condition; no remainder marks. 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. Syria which included Palestine at that time was strategically very important to British.

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

Read this first and then Exodus. On the other hand priests were trying to find how Christianity came here. This was also somehow attributed to a man who came from Palestine. What scrutiny applies to the Jewish canon certainly applies to the Gospels and the Quran in equal measure not only due to fairness but also for the simple fact that these later scriptures are based on the Jewish canon.

So she left us just a few glimpses into the future, though not once does she mention that great overriding factor in the Middle East today, the oil!

This book however, is more about the British and their reason for wanting to control a piece of the Middle East. I hope to move on to more interesting books on the subject. Let’s just say that Barbara Tuchman is a historical writer well worth reading. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. 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.

Politically speaking, real bizarre! It all started much before the Zionist Movement. Oct 01, Bob Lamothe rated it liked it. As always, Tuchman’s narrative prose is pleasant and her methodology is a bit problematic.


Britain was not able to carry out the Mandate until when the issue was put forward to United Nations. Tuchhman likes to uncover the roots of the matter from each and every perspective. Sadly the British barbaar reneged after the end of tucchman war. Without the Bible, the Balfour Declaration and ultimately, Israel might never have happened.

A journey covering all the ingredients which were necessary for the final recipe known as Balfour Declaration. Was this post interesting? Now, that being said, there is little question that the Jews have been amd unspeakably badly by Christians for a very, very long time.

Published March by Ballantine Books first published A lot of the information you wish to know wouldn’t swogd even been released for research that soon after the war. While apparent herein, this perspective was not, to my eyes, obtrusive. Although the mandate officially came from the League of Ans, it was written by the British and gave them the right to take over Palestine which they had in fact already done after WWI when the former Turkish Empire was divided.

And the fact that Mrs. Religion and Military and the role they played in the arrival of British in Palestine and subsequently the Jews. Morality is a difficult concept in such circumstances and is probably better spoken about in very general terms, rather than dwelling in specifics.

Tuhman all 16 comments. Tuchman had no way of knowing how the state of Israel sworr develop. Being her first book, it isn’t as polished as her later bestsellers. Barbara Wertheim Tuchman was an American self-trained historian and author and double Pulitzer Prize winner. 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 Augustbarabra I thought was a real masterpiece, I was overcome with enthusiasm annd Barbara Tuchman Tuch-mania?

Well, you really do need to look up how the Jews treated the locals when they first turned up in the holy land.

Lord Shaftesbury was a politician, philanthropist and a Christian who believed that England needed to control the Holy Land so that when the Jews were ready they could return to make a prophecy come true.

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I see that normal for a “hater” whom her eyes are totally clouded 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.

I would definately recommend this book as a comprehensive view of the relationship between Britain and the Jews to establish the the nation of Israel, with these caveats in mind. She spends some time comparing the bsrbara Theodor Herzl, an early Zionist, faced at the turn of the 19 th century to those Moses faced in Biblical times leading the Jews barbafa the Promised Land. It is well written and kept my interest throughout.

However, where usually the strength of her narrative outweighs her other flaws, something about Bible and Sword just doesn’t come together correctly. Barbara Tuchman and much of the 19th and early 20th century British Government were more “Zionistic” than many even in Israel today.

It does have some cover shelfwear. Jul 13, Pages. Religion It is easy to forget, or at least fail to appreciate, the overwhelming importance of the church in the daily life of Bibls for most of the Middle Ages. It really gets interesting after the Crusades and during the Victorian Era.

I was disappointed in the book, though not at all by what Tuchman presented there. Paperbackpages. Indeed, she makes a case for the Old Testament being more important than the New Testament to their culture, even though they were a Catholic nation, and later a Protestant one.

Feb 21, James rated it really liked it. 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. The criticism of this book is founded.