Biography of a Town
Nicholas Blincoe draws on his own long experience of living in Bethlehem as he lovingly describes the past and present of this city located between hills and desert and suffused with history and myth. Taking the reader through its stone streets, monasteries, aqueducts and orchards, he tells how it developed from the little town of Biblical times to the overcrowded city of today, whose inhabitants are caught up in the intractable complexities and contradictions of conflict and occupation.
The Sultan and the Queen
The Untold Story of Elizabeth and Islam
Excommunicated in 1570, Queen Elizabeth I found the key markets of Catholic Europe closed to English merchants; instead, she reached out to the Shah of Iran, the King of Morocco and the Ottoman Sultan. This gripping history reveals how English merchants, sailors and diplomats plied their trade with the Muslim world, creating a fashion for the Orient in London that was reflected in the plays of Marlowe and Shakespeare. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
No Room for Small Dreams
Courage, Imagination, and the Making of Modern Israel
One of the founders of modern Israel, Shimon Peres served his country as prime minister, president and foreign minister. He is best remembered, however, for his unswerving commitment to peace. In this final book, completed shortly before his death in 2016, he reflects on 70 years in politics, the turning points in Israeli history, the qualities required for leadership, and the hard choices that face his nation in the quest for peace.
An Outline History
Syria has seldom been out of the news since the civil war began in 2011, but its history is not so widely known. Combining narrative sweep with telling detail, this account outlines the achievements of ancient Syria, birthplace of agriculture and writing, before charting the succession of invaders – Persian, Greek, Roman, Ottoman, French and British – who attempted to dominate the region. Finally, it locates the roots of the present conflict in the treaties that followed the First World War.
A Rage for Order
The Middle East in Turmoil, From Tahrir Square to Isis
This compelling book tells the dramatic story of the Arab Spring and its troubled aftermath through the lives of ordinary people, showing how the bright hopes of 2011 descended into civil war, autocracy and fanaticism. A Libyan rebel must decide whether to kill his brother’s murderer; a jihadi discovers that life in the Islamic State is far from paradise; and two young Syrian women’s friendship turns to enmity as their sects go to war.
Iranian Army Aviation at War
This book profiles the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAA), tracing its foundation under the Shah, giving a detailed analysis of operations during the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s and charting developments in organization and equipment after the conflict.
The Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Rulers and Their World
In the modern West, the Ottoman Empire is associated with just a few significant events, such as the fall of Constantinople in 1453, but the dynasty of the sultans exercised its wide influence for longer than the British, French or Mughal Empires. This account of Ottoman history sets out the full 600-year process of growth and decline, focusing on the lives and achievements of the sultans themselves and giving the background to the power struggles in today’s Islamic world.
A History of Israel and the Occupied Territories
Written with unprecedented access to high-level sources and secret memos, Cursed Victory chronicles the long and troubled aftermath of the 1967 Six Day War, in which Israel captured the West Bank, Golan Heights, Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula. It focuses on critical moments in the military occupation and peace process, showing how early opportunities to conclude a deal were missed and how decisions about the fate of the territories have affected the daily lives of millions.
Children of the Stone
The Power of Music in a Hard Land
Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan was a child in a Palestinian refugee camp during the First Intifada (1987–93) and now uses music to help transform young people’s lives amid the military checkpoints of the war-torn territories. This book tells his story, describing how he first learned to play the viola, then founded a school and inspired musicians from around the world to join him in a project which Daniel Barenboim says has shown Palestinian children ‘the beauty of life’.
The Persian Invasions of Greece
The massive invasion of Greece by Darius I in 490 BCE ended in failure at the battle of Marathon; when his successor, Xerxes, led a second expedition ten years later, the Persian force was again driven back following the battles of Thermopylae, Salamis and Plataea. Keaveney combines ancient sources and modern scholarship to explain the reasons for the enmity between the two civilizations and to analyse the events of these pivotal campaigns from both Greek and Persian perspectives.
Israel Since the Six-Day War
Tears of Joy, Tears of Sorrow
Israel's victory in the Six-Day War of 1967 gave the young nation new confidence, but not all of its consequences were beneficial. In the final volume of his acclaimed trilogy charting Israel's history, Leslie Stein provides a vivid account of the country's economic, social and political development over the past four decades, its military engagements, its relations with the Palestinians, the settlements in the West Bank and Gaza, and the varying fortunes of migrants from Russia and Ethiopia.
City of Peace, City of Blood
When US troops entered Baghdad in 2003, they became the latest participants in a drama stretching back 13 centuries. The 'City of Peace', seat of a glittering Islamic civilization and home to astronomers, mathematicians, poets and musicians, has often been one of the most violent places on Earth. This compelling new history – the first in English for almost a century – examines Baghdad's changing fortunes, from its foundation by the caliph al-Mansur to Saddam Hussein.
Revolt in the Desert
Great Writers on the Great War
This account of the war in Arabia between 1916 and 1918 was written by one of its most extraordinary participants, Lawrence of Arabia. It describes his life among the Arab tribesmen and the daring raids on desert outposts, the demolition of railway lines and the opening of 'the road to Damascus' that led to the overthrow of the Turks in the Middle East.
The Wars Against Saddam
Taking the Hard Road to Baghdad
John Simpson spent over two decades reporting from Saddam Hussein's Iraq. This is his compelling account of his experiences. He examines the period leading up to the 1991 Gulf War, the increasing tyranny of the regime in the years that followed, and the controversial question of the country's weapons programme. He offers his frank assessment of George Bush and Tony Blair's decision to go to war in 2003, and traces its chaotic aftermath up to the capture of Saddam.
The Siege of Jerusalem
Crusade and Conquest in 1099
In this vivid narrative history Kostick retells the events that unfolded following the arrival of a Christian army at Jerusalem in June 1099. He also sets this siege and the brutal sack of the city against the wider background of the First Crusade, following the crusaders on their march towards Jerusalem, highlighting tensions and factions among their ranks and assessing both the immediate aftermath and the longer-term legacy for the Crusade's leaders.
Jerusalem Stone and Spirit
3000 Years of History and Art
As the spiritual centre of the world's three monotheistic religions, Jerusalem has for 3,000 years been a crossroads of art, architecture and history. This volume tells its story from a new point of view, blending a richly detailed historical account of the city from the time of King David to the early 20th century, with art and artefacts from across the world that illustrate Jerusalem's cultural and spiritual significance far beyond the earthly city.
Medieval Sieges and Siege Craft
With the proliferation of formalized cities, the medieval period became the 'golden age' of siege warfare, an age of trebuchets and mangonels, boiling oil and Greek fire. In this accessible study of medieval siegecraft, Hindley traces the development of strongpoints, castles and fortified towns, examines the problems of logistics and food supplies for both the besieged and besiegers and shows how some of the most famous sieges changed the course of history in Europe and the Holy Land.
History of Israel
Mercer Commentary on the Bible, Volume Two
Intended for classroom use, this second volume of the Mercer Commentary on the Bible comprises commentaries on the books of Joshua to Esther (according to the order of the Septuagint) with additional historical articles from the Mercer Dictionary.
The Chilcot Report
Report of the Iraq Inquiry: Executive Summary
In 2003, for the first time since the Second World War, the UK invaded a sovereign state: Iraq. In 2016 Sir John Chilcot delivered his long-awaited report on the war; its 2.6 million words fill twelve volumes. This accessible edition of the executive summary allows the reader to make up their own mind about the crucial questions. Did Saddam have chemical weapons? Were they a threat? Was the war legal? And was the planning adequate?
The Practice of Politics in Safavid Iran
Power, Religion and Rhetoric
From the 16th to the 18th centuries Iran was ruled by the Safavid dynasty, which reached the peak of its power and prosperity under the autocratic Shah Abbas who reigned from 1588 to 1629. This study charts the dynasty's origins as an apocalyptic mystical movement in Azerbaijan, and the evolution of its ideology to cement a vast, cosmopolitan Islamic empire stretching from Baghdad to Herat. It also explores the roles of state-sponsored rhetoric, Persian bureaucracy and Shi'a theology in the Safavid state.
Israel and Palestine
Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations
With characteristic rigour, balance and readability, one of the world's foremost experts on the Israel-Palestine conflict charts its development from the 1917 Balfour Declaration to the 2008 invasion of Gaza. Shlaim assesses the impact of key figures such as Yasser Arafat, Ariel Sharon, Edward Said and Benny Morris, re-examines the role of the US, explores the many missed opportunities for peace, and considers the troubled region's future prospects.