Download E-books Bible and Sword: England and Palestine from the Bronze Age to Balfour PDF

From Barbara W. Tuchman, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of The weapons of August, comes historical past via a wide-angle lens: a desirable chronicle of Britain’s lengthy dating with Palestine and the center East, from the traditional international to the 20th century.
 
Historically, the British have been attracted to the Holy Land for 2 significant purposes: first, to translate the Bible into English and, later, to manage the line to India and entry to the oil of the center East. With the lucidity and vividness that symbolize all her paintings, Barbara W. Tuchman follows those dual non secular and imperial motives—the Bible and the sword—to their doubtless inevitable endpoint, whilst Britain conquered Palestine on the end of worldwide battle I. At that second, in a gesture of value and solemnity, the Balfour announcement of 1917 tested a British-sponsored mandate for a countrywide domestic for the Jewish humans. all through this routinely vibrant account, Tuchman demonstrates that the seeds of clash have been planted within the heart East lengthy prior to the respectable founding of the fashionable nation of Israel.
 
Praise for Bible and Sword
 
“Tuchman is a sensible and witty author, a intelligent observer with a full of life command of excessive drama.”The Philadelphia Inquirer
 
“In her métier as a story renowned ancient author, Barbara Tuchman is supreme.”Chicago Sun-Times

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Download E-books Trailblazers of the Arab Spring: Voices of Democracy in the Middle East PDF

By Joshua Muravchik

Before September eleven, 2001 we american citizens didn't imagine a lot approximately freedom or democracy within the center East. U.S. coverage towards the area aimed to guarantee a competent circulation of oil, to motivate peace among the Arabs and Israel, and chiefly, through the chilly struggle, to avoid our rival from gaining any strategic virtue over us. September 11 impelled us to reassess.

Now, as we're entangled in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan the Mid-East’s political and social quandaries lie on the very center of our overseas coverage pursuits. And but, after years of blood and fortune spent at the democratization of the center East, the main identifiable personalities within the zone are infamous terrorists, backwards autocrats and fanatical preachers. As Joshua Muravchik demonstrates in Trailblazers of the Arab Spring, there are actually additionally heroic democrats and liberals in those lands of anti-democratic fanaticism, and the struggle they're scuffling with can also be our fight.

Muravchik brings to mild the tales of 7 amazing humans, six Arabs and an Iranian. 5 are males; , ladies. 4 are Sunnis, are Shiites, and the 7th is blended. All are committed passionately to a reason, and, whereas the angles from which they assault it are diverse, the bigger objective is similar for all seven—to make their nations extra open and democratic. Trailblazers of the Arab Spring reminds us that freedom is a prize that needs to be gained via fight and sacrifice, and it introduces us to our nameless associates who've consecrated their lives to the beginning of loose societies within the heart East.

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Download E-books Syria Burning: A Short History of a Catastrophe PDF

By Charles Glass

What are the origins of the Syrian hindrance, and why did not anyone do whatever to forestall it?

Since the upsurge of the Arab Spring in 2011, the Syrian civil warfare has claimed in far more than 200,000 lives, with an expected eight million Syrians, greater than a 3rd of the country’s inhabitants, pressured to escape their houses. Militant Sunni teams, comparable to ISIS, have taken keep watch over of huge swathes of the country. The effect of this disaster is now being felt at the streets of Europe and the United States.

Veteran center East professional Charles Glass combines reportage, research, and historical past to supply an available review of the origins and variations defining the clash. He additionally provides a robust argument for why the West has did not familiarize yourself with the results of the problem.

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Download E-books 'Anticipating' the 2011 Arab Uprisings: Revolutionary Literatures and Political Geographies PDF

By Rita Sakr

This learn examines the ways that the relationships among the artistic strength of progressive humans and the innovative energy of artistic artists, specially writers, are glaring within the on-going Arab uprisings. Bringing jointly literature, cultural geography, and human rights discourse, it explores more than a few fresh novels and memoirs from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria. those works sought to resolve the political geographies of injustice and renowned discontent and hence 'anticipated' or imaginatively anticipated in addition to participated in a few of the significant present upheavals of their specific nationwide contexts. via revealing socio-economic divisions and spatial injustice, disappearances and political prisons, surveillance and exile in addition to the progressive spirit of oppressed populations and the risks of counter-revolutionary forces, civil strife, and fundamentalism, they variously re-imagine the realities that caused the variations we're now witnessing.

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Download E-books The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century PDF

By Steve Coll

In The Bin Ladens, - time Pulitzer Prize-winner Steve Coll keeps the place Ghost Wars left off, laying off new gentle on essentially the most elusive households of the twenty-first century. emerging from a famine-stricken wilderness into luxurious, inner most compounds, or even enterprise bargains with Hollywood celebrities, the Bin Ladens have benefited from the tensions and contradictions in a rustic based on severe spiritual purity, all at once thrust right into a international awash in oil, funds, and the enticements of the West. yet what do those incongruities suggest for globalization, the warfare on Terror, and America's position within the center East? Meticulously researched, The Bin Ladens is the tale of a remarkably various and infrequently harmful family members that has used cash, mobility, and know-how to dramatically varied ends.

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Download E-books Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War PDF

In 2011, many Syrians took to the streets of Damascus to call for the overthrow of the govt of Bashar al-Assad. this day, a lot of Syria has develop into a warzone and plenty of fear that the rustic is on the point of collapse.
 
Burning Country explores the complex fact of existence in present-day Syria with unprecedented aspect and class, drawing on new first-hand tales from competition combatants, exiles misplaced in an archipelago of refugee camps, and brave human rights activists. Yassin-Kassab and Al-Shami expertly interweave those tales with an incisive research of the militarization of the rebellion, the increase of the Islamists and sectarian war, and the function of Syria’s executive in exacerbating the brutalization of the clash. via those money owed and a vast diversity of secondary resource fabric, the authors persuasively argue that the foreign neighborhood has failed in its said commitments to aid the Syrian competition movements.
 
overlaying ISIS and Islamism, local geopolitics, new grassroots progressive organisations, and the worst refugee obstacle seeing that global warfare , Burning Country is a shiny and groundbreaking examine a modern day political and humanitarian nightmare.

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Download E-books Culture and Customs of Greece (Cultures and Customs of the World) PDF

By Artemis Leontis

The Parthenon. Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle. Homer's epic poems. Gods and goddesses lounging round, indulging in pleasures on Mount Olympus. All of those photos call to mind the conventional icons of Greece, the cradle of Western Civilization. yet what can we be aware of of recent Greece? the reply to that query and extra are available during this entire examine modern Greek tradition. This one-stop reference resource is choked with illustrative descriptions of way of life in Greece within the twenty first century. excellent for prime institution scholars or even undergraduates attracted to learning overseas, this broad quantity examines issues reminiscent of faith, social customs, rest existence, gala's, language, literature, acting arts, media, and smooth paintings and structure, between many different themes. Woven into the textual content are appealing and exact vignettes of Greek lifestyles, supporting to demonstrate the way it is humans reside. A crossroads among Europe, Africa, and the center East, Greece is struggling with to carry directly to the tradition of the day gone by, whereas nonetheless having a look towards modernity. Culture and Customs of Greece is a must have quantity for all highschool and public library shelves.

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Download E-books Beirut PDF

By Samir Kassir

Widely praised because the definitive historical past of Beirut, this is often the tale of a urban that has stood on the crossroads of Mediterranean civilization for greater than 4 thousand years. The final significant paintings accomplished via Samir Kassir earlier than his tragic loss of life in 2005, Beirut is a journey de strength that takes the reader from the traditional to the fashionable global, supplying a blinding landscape of the city's Seleucid, Roman, Arab, Ottoman, and French incarnations. Kassir vividly describes Beirut's fabulous progress within the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing on its emergence after the second one global battle as a sophisticated capital till its close to destruction through the devastating Lebanese civil warfare of 1975-1990. Generously illustrated and eloquently written, Beirut illuminates modern problems with modernity and democracy whereas while memorably recreating the ambience of 1 of the world's so much picturesque, dynamic, and resilient cities.

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Download E-books Syrian Notebooks: Inside the Homs Uprising PDF

By Jonathan Littell, Charlotte Mandell

A blistering firsthand account of the clash in Homs via the the world over acclaimed writer of The Kindly Ones

“We struggle for our faith, for our girls, for our land, and finally to save lots of our epidermis. As for them, they’re basically battling to avoid wasting their skin.”

In 2012, Jonathan Littell traveled to the guts of the Syrian rebellion, smuggled in by means of the unfastened Syrian military to the historical urban of Homs. for 3 weeks, he watched as neighborhoods have been bombed and blameless civilians murdered. His notes on what he observed at the floor converse at once of horrors that proceed at the present time within the ongoing civil war.

Amid the chaos, Littell bears witness to the lives and the hopes of freedom combatants, of households stuck in the clash, in addition to of the medical professionals who try and retailer either innocents and warring parties who come less than fireplace. As govt forces encircle the town, Littell charts the 1st stirrings of the fundamentalist flow that may quickly hijack the revolution.

Littell’s notebooks have been initially the uncooked fabric for the articles he wrote upon his go back for the French day-by-day Le Monde. released approximately instantly later on in France, Syrian Notebooks has come to shape an incomparable close-up account of a conflict that also grips the center East—a vintage of conflict reportage.

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