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Jerusalem in the Twentieth Century
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When the twentieth century began, Jerusalem was an outpost of the Ottoman Empire, a provincial town ruled from Constantinople. As the century closes, it is a major city, the capital of an independent nation, and center of worship for three world religions.
The story of those hundred years, from the twilight of Turkish rule to the advent of the twentieth-first century, is always fascinating, often tragic, and vital to our understanding of the Middle East. Picking up where he left off in his acclaimed Jerusalem: Rebirth of a City, Martin Gilbert offers a vivid and authoritative history rooted in contemporary sources and scholarship as well as his intimate knowledge of the city and its people.
Here is Jerusalem's dramatic modern story, including the city's liberation from the Turks by the British in 1917, the Balfour Declaration with its promise of a Jewish National Home, the battle of Jerusalem in 1948, the creation of the State of Israel, the division of the city, the Six-Day War of 1967, and today's uneasy yet hopeful peace accords with the Palestinians.
"A lively book, full of excellent quotations — roundly outspoken and often eloquent."
—The New York Times
"Gilbert is not only a first-rate historian but a good storyteller."
—The Washington Times
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About the Author
Martin Gilbert is one of the world's preeminent biographers and historians. In addition to his universally acclaimed biography of Churchill, he is the author of In Search of Churchill (Wiley); The First World War; The Second World War: A Complete History; Auschwitz and the Allies; and Holocaust: The History of the Jews of Europe During the Second World War. He is also the host of the A&E television series Jerusalem with Martin Gilbert. Knighted in 1995, he divides his time between London and Jerusalem.
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