City Of Stone

Author: Meron Benvenisti
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520207688
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Benvenisti Juxtaposes various eras, dynasties, and rulers in Israel's 3,000 year history in ways that provide comparative insights.

Divided Jerusalem

Author: Bernard Wasserstein
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 030013763X
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In this timely book, Bernard Wasserstein offers the first authoritative history of the fraught diplomatic relations surrounding the Holy City of Jerusalem. Jews, Muslims, and Christians have all claimed the city as their own over the centuries--as have a dizzying array of foreign nations. In the period between the founding of the city and its capture by Israelis in 1967, Jerusalem has been conquered at least thirty-seven times. "No other town,” wrote Arthur Koestler in 1948, "has caused such continuous waves of killing, rape, and unholy misery over the centuries as the Holy City.” Today, Jerusalem lies at the core of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. It is the most deeply divided capital city in the world: its Arab and Jewish residents inhabit different districts, speak different languages, attend different schools, read different newspapers, observe different holy days--live, in almost every significant respect, different lives. Against the background of renewed violence in and around Jerusalem, this book explores the complicated origins of the current diplomatic impasse. Why is the question of Jerusalem so intractable? Why has it outlasted almost every other political dispute as a focus for diplomatic wrangling and collective violence? And what are the prospects for resolution? Meticulously researched, and written with humanity and elegance, this book offers an illuminating contribution to the effort to achieve a lasting negotiated settlement of a tragic conflict that affects us all.

Divided Cities

Author: Jon Calame
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812206851
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In Jerusalem, Israeli and Jordanian militias patrolled a fortified, impassable Green Line from 1948 until 1967. In Nicosia, two walls and a buffer zone have segregated Turkish and Greek Cypriots since 1963. In Belfast, "peaceline" barricades have separated working-class Catholics and Protestants since 1969. In Beirut, civil war from 1974 until 1990 turned a cosmopolitan city into a lethal patchwork of ethnic enclaves. In Mostar, the Croatian and Bosniak communities have occupied two autonomous sectors since 1993. These cities were not destined for partition by their social or political histories. They were partitioned by politicians, citizens, and engineers according to limited information, short-range plans, and often dubious motives. How did it happen? How can it be avoided? Divided Cities explores the logic of violent urban partition along ethnic lines—when it occurs, who supports it, what it costs, and why seemingly healthy cities succumb to it. Planning and conservation experts Jon Calame and Esther Charlesworth offer a warning beacon to a growing class of cities torn apart by ethnic rivals. Field-based investigations in Beirut, Belfast, Jerusalem, Mostar, and Nicosia are coupled with scholarly research to illuminate the history of urban dividing lines, the social impacts of physical partition, and the assorted professional responses to "self-imposed apartheid." Through interviews with people on both sides of a divide—residents, politicians, taxi drivers, built-environment professionals, cultural critics, and journalists—they compare the evolution of each urban partition along with its social impacts. The patterns that emerge support an assertion that division is a gradual, predictable, and avoidable occurrence that ultimately impedes intercommunal cooperation. With the voices of divided-city residents, updated partition maps, and previously unpublished photographs, Divided Cities illuminates the enormous costs of physical segregation.

Jerusalem

Author: Simon Goldhill
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674034686
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Jerusalem is more than a tourist site it is a city where every square mile is layered with historical significance, religious intensity, and extraordinary stories. It is a past marked by three great forces: religion, war, and monumentality. In this book, Goldhill takes on this peculiar archaeology of human imagination, hope, and disaster to provide a tour through the history of this most image-filled and ideology-laden city."

Columbus And The Quest For Jerusalem

Author: Carol Delaney
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439102376
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An assessment of the character and motivations of Christopher Columbus reveals the passionate religious beliefs that motivated his famous voyages, and claims how he sought gold to finance a new crusade to restore Jerusalem to Christian control.

The Cambridge World History Volume 3 Early Cities In Comparative Perspective 4000 Bce 1200 Ce

Author: Norman Yoffee
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316297748
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From the fourth millennium BCE to the early second millennium CE the world became a world of cities. This volume explores this critical transformation, from the appearance of the earliest cities in Mesopotamia and Egypt to the rise of cities in Asia and the Mediterranean world, Africa, and the Americas. Through case studies and comparative accounts of key cities across the world, leading scholars chart the ways in which these cities grew as nodal points of pilgrimages and ceremonies, exchange, storage and redistribution, and centres for defence and warfare. They show how in these cities, along with their associated and restructured countrysides, new rituals and ceremonies connected leaders with citizens and the gods, new identities as citizens were created, and new forms of power and sovereignty emerged. They also examine how this unprecedented concentration of people led to disease, violence, slavery and subjugations of unprecedented kinds and scales.

The Cambridge World History

Author: Norman Yoffee
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521190088
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The first book to compare the world's earliest cities, the history of research and meaning of early cities.

Damascus Gate

Author: Robert Stone
Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 0547719329
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New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist: A reporter researching “Jerusalem Syndrome” is snared in a terrorist plot in a“transcendent thriller” (Time). American journalist Christopher Lucas has arrived in the Middle East to research the phenomenon known as Jerusalem Syndrome—a religious psychosis among tourists who become so overwhelmed by the Holy Land that they erupt in a sometimes dangerous mania. A rationalist outsider navigating an insular world of increasing hysteria, Lucas at first seems immune. But soon his own obsession for Jewish jazz singer Sonia Barnes draws him deeper into the fanatical cult, and into a very real and immediate threat: a plot to hasten the coming of the Messiah by blowing up the Muslim shrines in the Temple Mount. Now, swirling around Lucas in an apocalyptic undertow are Communist revolutionaries, Palestinian terrorists, Hamas agents, fundamentalist Christians, right-wing fanatics, a duplicitous Israeli secret agent, a ruthless soldier of fortune, a strung-out Kabbalist, and Sonia herself. Each one is complicit in a conspiracy that will drive Lucas from the riot-filled streets to an underground maze, where he uncovers the duplicity and depravity on all sides of Jerusalem’s struggle. From the author of the National Book Award winner Dog Soldiers, this novel about the desperate search for redemption—and those who are all too willing to provide it—is “a stunning achievement” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

The Imagined And Real Jerusalem In Art And Architecture

Author: Jeroen Goudeau
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 900427085X
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In The Imagined and Real Jerusalem in Art and Architecture specialists in various fields of art history, from Early Christian times to the present, discuss in depth a series of Western artworks, artefacts, and buildings, which question the visualization of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem

Author: Alan Moore
Publisher: Liveright Publishing
ISBN: 1631491350
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New York Times Bestseller Fierce in its imagining and stupefying in its scope, Jerusalem is the tale of everything, told from a vanished gutter. In the epic novel Jerusalem, Alan Moore channels both the ecstatic visions of William Blake and the theoretical physics of Albert Einstein through the hardscrabble streets and alleys of his hometown of Northampton, UK. In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England’s Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap housing projects. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district’s narrative among its saints, kings, prostitutes, and derelicts, a different kind of human time is happening, a soiled simultaneity that does not differentiate between the petrol-colored puddles and the fractured dreams of those who navigate them. Employing, a kaleidoscope of literary forms and styles that ranges from brutal social realism to extravagant children’s fantasy, from the modern stage drama to the extremes of science fiction, Jerusalem’s dizzyingly rich cast of characters includes the living, the dead, the celestial, and the infernal in an intricately woven tapestry that presents a vision of an absolute and timeless human reality in all of its exquisite, comical, and heartbreaking splendor. In these pages lurk demons from the second-century Book of Tobit and angels with golden blood who reduce fate to a snooker tournament. Vagrants, prostitutes, and ghosts rub shoulders with Oliver Cromwell, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce’s tragic daughter Lucia, and Buffalo Bill, among many others. There is a conversation in the thunderstruck dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral, childbirth on the cobblestones of Lambeth Walk, an estranged couple sitting all night on the cold steps of a Gothic church front, and an infant choking on a cough drop for eleven chapters. An art exhibition is in preparation, and above the world a naked old man and a beautiful dead baby race along the Attics of the Breath toward the heat death of the universe. An opulent mythology for those without a pot to piss in, through the labyrinthine streets and pages of Jerusalem tread ghosts that sing of wealth, poverty, and our threadbare millennium. They discuss English as a visionary language from John Bunyan to James Joyce, hold forth on the illusion of mortality post-Einstein, and insist upon the meanest slum as Blake’s eternal holy city.