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City of stone

the hidden history of Jerusalem

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This edition was published in by University of California Press in Berkeley, . Los Angeles.

Written in English

274 pages

Jerusalem is more than a holy city built of stone: it is a battle cry, a magic spell, an act of defiance, a claim of sovereignty. The scramble for the soul of Jerusalem began three millennia ago. Only in the past century did the battle between distant empires and warring sects of believers evolve into today's deadly struggle between the peoples for whom Jerusalem is now home: Jews and Arabs. To justify their rival claims, each faction has written extensive but partial and politically motivated chronicles of the city's ancient and contested history. In City of Stone, Meron Benvenisti overcomes this legacy of self-interest to write an unofficial history of the city, a many-sided story without victors or vanquished. He describes with unparalleled depth, vividness, and compassion the triumphs and defeats of all the city's residents, from those who walk its streets today to the meddlesome ghosts that still inhabit the Holy City. Benvenisti focuses primarily on the 20th century, but, as with everything in Jerusalem, ancient history and ancient hatreds are constantly discovered just below the surface. These age-old hostilities have created not segregation but rather intense social, cultural, and political interactions. This bond of life in the city has produced a compelling human story, full of both tragedies and ironies. One of the city's native sons, Benvenisti knows the streets of Jerusalem and the shadows where each group has buried the truth of its past. In graceful and flowing prose, he unearths this hidden history to demonstrate what all of its rival groups would like to forget -- that all of its citizens have enriched the Holy City, and no one group can use the past to justify the future. - Jacket flap.

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City of Stone: The Hidden History of Jerusalem
October 22, 1998, University of California Press
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City of stone: the hidden history of Jerusalem
1996, University of California Press
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City of Stone

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Jerusalem is more than a holy city built of stone: it is a battle cry, a magic spell, an act of defiance, a claim of sovereignty. The scramble for the soul of Jerusalem began three millennia ago. Only in the past century did the battle between distant empires and warring sects of believers evolve into today's deadly struggle between the peoples for whom Jerusalem is now home: Jews and Arabs. To justify their rival claims, each faction has written extensive but partial and politically motivated chronicles of the city's ancient and contested history. In City of Stone, Meron Benvenisti overcomes this legacy of self-interest to write an unofficial history of the city, a many-sided story without victors or vanquished. He describes with unparalleled depth, vividness, and compassion the triumphs and defeats of all the city's residents, from those who walk its streets today to the meddlesome ghosts that still inhabit the Holy City. Benvenisti focuses primarily on the 20th century, but, as with everything in Jerusalem, ancient history and ancient hatreds are constantly discovered just below the surface. These age-old hostilities have created not segregation but rather intense social, cultural, and political interactions. This bond of life in the city has produced a compelling human story, full of both tragedies and ironies. One of the city's native sons, Benvenisti knows the streets of Jerusalem and the shadows where each group has buried the truth of its past. In graceful and flowing prose, he unearths this hidden history to demonstrate what all of its rival groups would like to forget -- that all of its citizens have enriched the Holy City, and no one group can use the past to justify the future. - Jacket flap.

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On Monday, September 4, 1995-the ninth day of the month of Elul in the year A.H 5755 (according to the Jewish calendar)-the Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin officially opened the celebrations marking the 3,000th anniversary of the establishment of Jerusalem as capital of the Kingdom of Israel.
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Classifications

Library of Congress DS109.9 .B48 1996
Dewey 956.94/42

City of stone

the hidden history of Jerusalem

This edition was published in by University of California Press in Berkeley, . Los Angeles.


Table of Contents

The quarry of history
The mute hills
Hallowed ground
The Lord Mayor
Blueprint for catastrophe
A marketplace of discord
Unraveling the enigma
Seashells on the Jerusalem shore

Edition Notes

Includes index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
956.94/42
Library of Congress
DS109.9 .B48 1996

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
viii, 274 p.
Number of pages
274
Dimensions
24 x x centimeters

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL977764M
Internet Archive
cityofstonehidde00benvrich
ISBN 10
0520205219
ISBN 13
9780520205215
LC Control Number
96014965
Library Thing
270222
Goodreads
3735462

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