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Jerusalem Recovered: Victorian Intellectuals and the Birth of Modern Zionism

Jerusalem Recovered: Victorian Intellectuals and the Birth of Modern Zionism

by Michael Palowetzky


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This book demonstrates that the Balfour Declaration—the British decision to establish a Jewish homeland in postwar Palestine made on November 2, 1917 — was the culmination of over 60 years of active preoccupation with Jewish culture and history among the British elite. Among these activists were the social reformer Lord Shaftesbury, the statesman Benjamin Disraeli, the novelist George Eliot, the archaeologist Charles Warren, and the romantic adventurer Laurence Oliphant. This study demonstrates how admiration for Judaism among the British elite influenced their actions and even their view of the world.

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ISBN-13: 9780275952136
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/24/1995
Pages: 167
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

MICHAEL POLOWETZKY's first book, A Bond Never Broken (1993), analyzed Napoleon's relations with the French literary community.

Table of Contents


Lord Ashley Meets "God's Ancient People"

Benjamin Disraeli and the Great Asian Mystery

George Eliot and the Birth of Modern Zionism

Charles Warren Discovers the Temple

Laurence Oliphant Offers His Leadership

The Verdict of History



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