By Tom Segev
From Israel's major historian, a sweeping background of 1967--the struggle, what led as much as it, what got here after, and the way it replaced everything
Tom Segev's acclaimed works One Palestine, whole and The 7th Million overturned approved perspectives of the background of Israel. Now, in 1967--a number-one bestseller in Hebrew--he brings his masterful talents to the watershed 12 months while six days of struggle reshaped the rustic and the whole region.
Going a ways past an army account, Segev re-creates the hindrance in Israel ahead of 1967, displaying how fiscal recession, an entire snatch of the Holocaust's horrors, and the dire threats made through neighbor states mixed to provide a weather of apocalypse. He depicts the country's bravado after its victory, the temper printed in a favored shaggy dog story within which one soldier says to his pal, "Let's take over Cairo"; the good friend replies, "Then what lets do within the afternoon?"
Drawing on unpublished letters and diaries, in addition to executive memos and armed forces files, Segev reconstructs an period of latest percentages and tragic missteps. He introduces the mythical figures--Moshe Dayan, Golda Meir, Gamal Abdul Nasser, and Lyndon Johnson--and an epic forged of squaddies, lobbyists, refugees, and settlers. He unearths as by no means ahead of Israel's intimacy with the White residence in addition to the political rivalries that sabotaged any likelihood of peace. principally, he demanding situations the view that the battle used to be inevitable, displaying sequence of disastrous miscalculations lie at the back of the bloodshed.
A vivid and unique historical past, 1967 is bound to face because the definitive account of that pivotal yr.
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E. there occurred a resurgence in cultural activity of such intensity that it is appropriate to speak of a renaissance. One of the most important developments was the adaptation of the consonantal Phoenician alphabet to the Greek language. It is not known where this adaptation first took place, but a likely candidate is Al Mina, a mixed Phoenician and Greek community situated at the head of the Orontes River on the present-day border between Turkey and Syria. This invention conventionally marks the division between prehistory and history.
It seems that the war, assuming it was historical, represented the dying gasps of Bronze Age civilization. , almost every Mycenaean site was plundered and burned. Thebes was destroyed Reconstruction of Troy. Courtesy akg-images, London: Peter Connolly. , Pylos around 1200, and Mycenae around 1150. Of the mainland sites, Athens alone provides evidence of cultural continuity. The cause of the collapse of the Mycenaean world is not fully understood. Later Greeks attributed it to an invasion by a people who swept in from the north.
It was undoubtedly through contact with them that the Romans first fell under the spell of Hellenism, which was destined to have such a profound impact upon virtually all aspects of Roman life, including religion, art, architecture, education, literature, statecraft, mythology, language, philosophy, and science. , the Romans answered an appeal from Thourii in the Tarentine Gulf in the instep of Italy, under siege from the neighboring city of Tarentum. In turn, the Tarentines appealed to Historical Outline 35 Pyrrhos, king of Epiros in northwest Greece.
1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East by Tom Segev