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Jerusalem: The Biography

Jerusalem: The Biography

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by Simon Sebag Montefiore
     
 

ISBN-10: 0307266516

ISBN-13: 9780307266514

Pub. Date: 10/25/2011

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The history of Jerusalem is the history of the world, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the American Century. Now the author of the acclaimed Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar presents a grippingly original epic history of Jerusalem through the lives of those who created, destroyed, conquered, wrote about—and believed in—the

Overview

The history of Jerusalem is the history of the world, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the American Century. Now the author of the acclaimed Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar presents a grippingly original epic history of Jerusalem through the lives of those who created, destroyed, conquered, wrote about—and believed in—the Holy City.

Here are all the key players in a vast, thrilling, and intimate panorama that brings every epoch and titan blazingly to life, from King David to Jesus and Muhammad; from Maccabees and Herods to Churchill and Barack Obama; from Cleopatra, the Caliphs, and Saladin to Mark Twain and Rasputin; from Dayan, Arafat, and King Hussein to the author’s ancestor, Sir Moses Montefiore, who founded the new city of Jerusalem 150 years ago.

Drawing on new archival materials, the latest scholarship, his own family papers, and a lifetime’s study, Montefiore illuminates the essence of holiness, power, empire, and the only city that exists twice—in heaven and on earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307266514
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/25/2011
Pages:
688
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xiii

Lists of Family Trees and Maps xix

Preface xxi

Notes on Names, Transliterations and Titles xxxi

Prologue 3

Part 1 Judaism

1 The World of David 17

2 The Rise of David 23

3 The Kingdom and the Temple 26

4 The Kings of Judah 35

5 The Whore of Babylon 45

6 The Persians 52

7 The Macedonians 58

8 The Maccabees 70

9 The Romans Arrive 76

10 The Herods 83

11 Jesus Christ 100

12 The Last of the Herods 116

13 Jewish Wars: The Death of Jerusalem 128

Part 2 Paganism

14 Aelia Capitolina 135

Part 3 Christianity

15 The Apogee of Byzantium 151

16 Sunset of the Byzantines: Persian Invasion 166

Part 4 Islam

17 The Arab Conquest 177

18 The Umayyads: The Temple Restored 187

19 The Abbasids: Distant Masters 197

20 The Fatimids: Tolerance and Lunacy 202

Part 5 Crusade

21 The Slaughter 217

22 The Rise of Outremer 226

23 The Golden Age of Outremer 231

24 Stalemate 243

25 The Leper-King 252

26 Saladin 258

27 The Third Crusade: Saladin and Richard 268

28 The Saladin Dynasty 274

Part 6 Mamluk

29 Slave to Sultan 287

30 Decline of the Mamluks 295

Part 7 Ottoman

31 The Magnificence of Suleiman 303

32 Mystics and Messiahs 306

33 The Families 320

Part 8 Empire

34 Napoleon in the Holy Land 329

35 The New Romantics: Chateaubriand and Disraeli 334

36 The Albanian Conquest 342

37 The Evangelists 347

38 The New City 366

39 The New Religion 370

40 Arab City, Imperial City 376

41 Russians 384

Part 9 Zionism

42 The Kaiser 391

43 The Oud-Player of Jerusalem 400

44 World War 412

45 Arab Revolt, Balfour Declaration 420

46 The Christmas Present 435

47 The Victors and the Spoils 447

48 The British Mandate 455

49 The Arab Revolt 468

50 The Dirty War 481

51 Jewish Independence, Arab Catastrophe 496

52 Divided 504

53 Six Days 511

Epilogue 521

Family Trees 545

Maps 553

Acknowledgements 565

Notes 569

Bibliography 609

Index 629

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