JERUSALEM THE BIOGRAPHY SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE PDF

Jerusalem: The Biography is a bestselling [1] [2] non-fiction book by British popular historian and writer Simon Sebag Montefiore. Drawing on new archives, current scholarship, his own family papers and a lifetime's study, Montefiore illustrates the essence of sanctity and mysticism, identity and empire in a historical chronicle of the city of Jerusalem. Montefiore chose to organize Jerusalem chronologically, stretching it from King David 's establishment of the city as his capital to the Six-Day War , with an epilogue pondering on more recent events. In the introduction, the author explains that "it is only by chronological narrative that one avoids the temptation to see the past through the obsessions of the present. The author narrates the history of Jerusalem as the centre of world history, but does not intend the book as an encyclopaedia of every aspect of this ancient city, nor as a guidebook of every niche, capital and archway in every building. At the beginning of his book, Montefiore clearly explains that neither does he intend to provide a history of Judaism , Christianity or Islam , nor a study of the nature of God in Jerusalem: for these he remands elsewhere, to a plethora of other publications.

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Jerusalem: The Biography is a bestselling [1] [2] non-fiction book by British popular historian and writer Simon Sebag Montefiore. Drawing on new archives, current scholarship, his own family papers and a lifetime's study, Montefiore illustrates the essence of sanctity and mysticism, identity and empire in a historical chronicle of the city of Jerusalem. Montefiore chose to organize Jerusalem chronologically, stretching it from King David 's establishment of the city as his capital to the Six-Day War , with an epilogue pondering on more recent events.

In the introduction, the author explains that "it is only by chronological narrative that one avoids the temptation to see the past through the obsessions of the present. The author narrates the history of Jerusalem as the centre of world history, but does not intend the book as an encyclopaedia of every aspect of this ancient city, nor as a guidebook of every niche, capital and archway in every building.

At the beginning of his book, Montefiore clearly explains that neither does he intend to provide a history of Judaism , Christianity or Islam , nor a study of the nature of God in Jerusalem: for these he remands elsewhere, to a plethora of other publications. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jerusalem: The Biography First edition. Dewey Decimal. Israel portal. The New York Times. New York. Introduction, p. Introduction, pp. Jewish Book Council.

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Caliphs, Crusaders, and the Bloody History of Jerusalem

One of the constants in so long a history is the fluidity of the population of the region. Montefiore notes that between and , before the British turned off the tap of Jewish immigration, the Jewish population of Palestine grew by ,; Arab immigration was even greater, swelling the population by , during the same period. Montefiore, the author of two books on Stalin and another on Prince Potemkin, has a fine eye for the telling detail, and also a powerful feel for a good story — so much so that his vastly enjoyable chronicle at times has a quasi-mythic aspect. He cheerfully borrows snippets of Scripture, legends and dubious eyewitness accounts, weaving them into his larger narrative. This is not an account of daily life or humble devotions.

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Jerusalem: The Biography

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The epic story of Jerusalem told through the lives of the men and women who created, ruled and inhabited it. Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgement Day and the battlefield of today's clash of civilizations.

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