An Illustrated History of Palestine, 1850-1948
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Palestine was a bride with many suitors—European and American Christians imbued with the dream of Jerusalem, Orthodox peasants and persecuted Jews from the Russian empire, and an assortment of zealots, cranks, and misfits from around the world. All were convinced they had a better claim to the Holy Land than its inhabitants.
This book tells the story of Palestine—from Turkish to British to Zionist rule—through letters, diaries, and memoirs. What was it like to be an Arab doctor in Jerusalem when virtually all the city’s doctors were European? Or a British schoolteacher during a nationwide insurgency? Or a young Jewish student from Brooklyn who stumbles on the aftermath of a massacre?
The story is illuminated through the use of more than 120 black-and-white photographs, drawn from both local and foreign archives. Although the photographers often suffered from political, religious, or cultural biases, their work is nevertheless a unique form of testimony, and one which adds new dimensions to our understanding of the human reality of Palestine.