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5.0 von 5 Sternen History and scholarship of the highest order
Barbara Tuchman's first work of history, Bible and Sword: England and Palestine from the Bronze Age To Balfour, is vast in historical, religious, diplomatic and political scholarship. From the early times of the Beaker people and Caliphates to the first crusades and pilgrimages, all the way down to the creation of the Jewish homeland by the aristocratic and willowy...
Veröffentlicht am 2. Februar 2000 von Christian Engler

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Ponderous Reading
The information in the book is worthwile but Ms Touchman's style makes it difficult to get to. It is similar to the laborious process of getting the meat out of a blue crab. Many of the acecdotes she uses to punctuate her theme are redundant, her language and phrasing are cumbersome, and she assumes a knowlede of history not posessed by many people.
The book would...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen History and scholarship of the highest order, 2. Februar 2000
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Barbara Tuchman's first work of history, Bible and Sword: England and Palestine from the Bronze Age To Balfour, is vast in historical, religious, diplomatic and political scholarship. From the early times of the Beaker people and Caliphates to the first crusades and pilgrimages, all the way down to the creation of the Jewish homeland by the aristocratic and willowy British Prime Minister Authur James Balfour and the Balfour Declaration of 1917 as well as the often overlooked Palestine Mandate, nothing is left out in describing how Israel came into being and England's often historically forgotten role in its conception. Of the two, the latter was actually the one "that gave a footing in public law to the restoration of Israel in Palestine" whereas the Balfour Declaration of 1917 "was simply a statement of policy that any subsequent government could have ignored". The Palestine Mandate was a global promise confirmed by Wilson's League of Nations and thus elevated the Balfour Declaration, which was absorbed with the mandate, to treaty status. Religiously speaking, the British wanted Israel settled so Christiendom would not only be the predominate faith above all the others, but so that Christ's appearance would not accelerate at unbelievable, astronomical speeds. Politically speaking, real bizarre! The criticism of this book is founded. The language is rather dry and antiquated. And there are minute biased overtones of the Christian faith. But the scholarship and information that is provided outweighs the negative tinctures in this book. It gives a broad understanding to a narrow subject.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The title is the best summary of this book, 6. Oktober 1997
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Ms.Tuchman traces the relationship between England and the establishment of a Jewish homeland. She takes us from the Beaker people who settled England to the Balfour Declaration of 1917. Tuchman, even in her first book, establishes a narrative style of writing about history that she would later use to achieve awesome heights in historical literature. The main enjoyment of this book is the detailed description of how the English were determined to regain Palestine for the Jewish people, so they then could be converted (whether the Jews wanted to or not),to christianity thus hastening the second comming of Christ. It also spreads some light on the seeming insanity of the puritans, who briefly changed England into a hebraic theocracy to protest the predominance of the Latin Catholic Church. It was probably impossible for Tuchamn to write this book without a little bias seeping through, and at times her treatment of the German people seems to be a little bit one sided, although this is quite understandable. If you ever wanted to know about the historical foundations of the Jewish Homeland, this book is for you.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A gentle reminder of a great debt, 21. Juni 2000
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As one of Tuchman's first publications, this book is perhaps a little rougher than some of her more recent works. The scholarship is, of course, thorough and brilliant, but the refined irony and humour found in her "Calamitous 14th Century" is somewhat lacking. (Of course, practice does make perfect, and this is a fine early work.)
With this said, her thorough coverage of the Balfour mandate starts not in the 19th century, but far back in the past, even before Britain first began to recognize the Christian debt to the Jews. Starting in the Bronze age, continuing through the Crusades, exploring Victorian ideals, and finishing with a thorough review of the events leading up to the formation of Israel, this book is nothing if not thorough.
For anyone who enjoys Tuchman's work, this book is no disappointment. For anyone curious about the convoluted and intricate relationship between Britain and Palestine, between Christian and Jew, this book is essential reading.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Ponderous Reading, 14. Dezember 1999
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The information in the book is worthwile but Ms Touchman's style makes it difficult to get to. It is similar to the laborious process of getting the meat out of a blue crab. Many of the acecdotes she uses to punctuate her theme are redundant, her language and phrasing are cumbersome, and she assumes a knowlede of history not posessed by many people.
The book would have been much kinder to the reader if she provided greator historical perspective by tying the chapters together with a few paragraphs at the beginning of each describing what happened in the intervening years.
Ms Taubman is a brilliant woman and the content is worthwile. However the style is ponderous. I'm not likely to read another of her books. I'm sure that she is a first rate academician but am at a complete loss in trying to understand her acclaim as a writer.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Barbara Tuchmann, 18. März 2015
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Sie schreibt vor allem über historische Ereignisse.Wenn man die Bibel und damit die Apokalyse ernst nimmt,steht die Menscheit knapp davor.Mit den Dinos können wir nicht mithalten. Natürlich kenne ich nicht das Ende der Erde,doch Vieles weist darauf hin.Schon. Lumpazivagabundus ist nach Nestroy(Burgtheater in Wien) davon überzeugt......O .P.
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