Jerusalem Besieged: From Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel

Jerusalem Besieged: From Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel

by Eric H. Cline
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0472031201

ISBN-13: 9780472031207

Pub. Date: 11/07/2005

Publisher: University of Michigan Press


"Jerusalem Besieged is a fascinating account of how and why a baffling array of peoples, ideologies, and religions have fought for some four thousand years over a city without either great wealth, size, or strategic importance. Cline guides us through the baffling, but always bloody, array of Jewish, Roman, Moslem, Crusader, Ottoman, Western, Arab, and

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"Jerusalem Besieged is a fascinating account of how and why a baffling array of peoples, ideologies, and religions have fought for some four thousand years over a city without either great wealth, size, or strategic importance. Cline guides us through the baffling, but always bloody, array of Jewish, Roman, Moslem, Crusader, Ottoman, Western, Arab, and Israeli fights for possession of such a symbolic prize in a manner that is both scholarly and engaging."
-Victor Davis Hanson, Stanford University; author of The Other Greeks and Carnage and Culture

"A beautifully lucid presentation of four thousand years of history in a single volume. Cline writes primarily as an archaeologist-avoiding polemic and offering evidence for any religious claims-yet he has also incorporated much journalistic material into this study. Jerusalem Besieged will enlighten anyone interested in the history of military conflict in and around Jerusalem."
-Col. Rose Mary Sheldon, Virginia Military Institute

"This groundbreaking study offers a fascinating synthesis of Jerusalem's military history from its first occupation into the modern era. Cline amply deploys primary source material to investigate assaults on Jerusalem of every sort, starting at the dawn of recorded history. Jerusalem Besieged is invaluable for framing the contemporary situation in the Middle East in the context of a very long and pertinent history."
-Baruch Halpern, Pennsylvania State University

A sweeping history of four thousand years of struggle for control of one city

"[An] absorbing account of archaeological history, from the ancient Israelites' first conquest to today's second intifada. Cline clearly lays out the fascinating history behind the conflicts."
-USA Today

"A pleasure to read, this work makes this important but complicated subject fascinating."
-Jewish Book World

"Jerusalem Besieged is a fascinating account of how and why a baffling array of peoples, ideologies, and religions have fought for some four thousand years over a city without either great wealth, size, or strategic importance. Cline guides us through the baffling, but always bloody, array of Jewish, Roman, Moslem, Crusader, Ottoman, Western, Arab, and Israeli fights for possession of such a symbolic prize in a manner that is both scholarly and engaging."
-Victor Davis Hanson, Stanford University; author of The Other Greeks and Carnage and Culture

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472031207
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
11/07/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
839,145
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Abbreviations....................xvii
List of Maps....................xix
List of Illustrations....................xxi
List of Tables....................1
Introduction: A Lonely Ship on a Hostile Sea JERUSALEM UNDER SIEGE....................11
CHAPTER 1 A Rock and a High Place DAVID AND THE JEBUSITES, 1000 BCE....................36
CHAPTER 2 The End of the Beginning NEBUCHADNEZZAR AND THE NEO-BABYLONIANS, 586 BCE....................68
CHAPTER 3 Oil upon Troubled Waters THE MACCABEAN REBELLION, 165 BCE....................96
CHAPTER 4 In Blood and Fire THE FIRST AND SECOND JEWISH REVOLTS, 70 AND 135 CE....................136
CHAPTER 5 The "Holy House" THE ARRIVAL OF ISLAM, 638 CE....................164
CHAPTER 6 For God, Gold, and Glory THE CRUSADERS AND SALADIN, 1099 AND 1187 CE....................201
CHAPTER 7 The Sultan and the City SELIM I AND THE OTTOMANS, 1516 CE....................235
CHAPTER 8 Peace to Their Ashes, Honor to Their Memory ALLENBY AND THE ALLIED FORCES, 1917 CE....................267
CHAPTER 9 Jerusalem of Gold THE ARAB-ISRAELI WARS, 1948 AND 1967 CE....................299
CHAPTER 10 Speak Tenderly to Jerusalem THE INTIFADAS AND BEYOND....................311
Notes....................361
Bibliography....................397

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