The Arab awakening: the story of the Arab national movement. by Antonius, George. Publication date Topics Middle East — History. Mr. Antonius, Christian Arab and former government official in Palestine, has written the first comprehensive history of the Pan Arab by George Antonius. ANTONIUS, GEORGE. The Arab Awakening: A History of the Arab National Movement. Pp. xi, New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $ Show all.

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He himself believed in the value of Anglo-Arab collaboration. Things did not go well in Beirut: But the call from Washington never came. While British recognize that he is in a sense anti-British with respect to Palestine, no one even suggests that Antonius is pro-Nazi with respect to the Arab movement as a whole. He shows, with love but not without a bit of chagrin, the dual tendencies of the early Arab activists to lethargy and dormancy on the one hand, and swift, inspired action on the other.

Since Antonius had procrastinated, an embarrassed Butler still could retract the invitation without too much loss of face, once controversy loomed.

The Arab Awakening – Wikipedia

Great book, a must for scholars of the region. Shortly after, my persecution by the Vichy French and the Italian Commission began.

The translation of such letters from English to Arabic and vice versa would be evidence that there was no loss of meaning in the messages conveyed. Bsam rated it liked it Mar 01, The Arab Awakeningthen, was written not only to advance waakening Arab nationalist argument but to establish a reputation in pursuit of a career. Many of the predictive and admonitory aspects of the work — hte those pertaining to Iraq and Palestine — have indeed come to pass.


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This is the first widely used book on Arab nationalism. He bombarded New York with cables asking for detail after detail on the responsibilities he would be asked to bear at Columbia, and the academic antoniux began without him.

So in view of his failure to keep in close touch with the office and be frank about his conditions and affairs, they have deemed it inadvisable to continue to finance him. Not only did this force the Ottomans to turn their attention inward and take the pressure off of British troops who were fighting in North Africa, but even more importantly from a strategic standpoint, the Arab Revolt effectively thwarted German communications with the colonies through Ottoman territory.

From a literary perspective, I found the excessive detail in the middle section, concerning World War I, unnecessary. Must-Read Empire versus nationalism. Then Antonius made this proposal, drawn from the experience of the previous war, and not without due consideration of his own predicament: Uriel Dann New York: For an Arab writer Antonius is admirably fair-minded, treating British and Zionist positions with respect, though he’s liable to play down more disreputable Arab actions.

Yet few now would deny that The Arab Awakeningfor all the appeal of its narrative style, is more suggestive of a sustained argument than a history.

The book was only the second time that an authoritative translation of the McMahon letters had been published. I am tempted to offer, if you should find this kind of letter of sufficient interest, to write to you again whenever my studies bring me to the point when I feel I can draw tge useful conclusions. He is nonetheless a gifted writer and a careful scholar, which makes his advocacy on behalf of the ordinary Arab, particularly the ordinary Arab living in Syria or Palestine, that much more pointed and potent.


The Arab awakening : the story of the Arab national movement

Antonius’s research have been embodied in this unique story of the origins and development of the national movement from its earliest beginnings in the nineteenth century down to the post-World War I era. Antonius here describes the various situations on the Peninsula, in Iraq, in Syria and in Palestine. Other than tracing the birth of the Arab national movement, Antonius also argues that it was Britain that dishonoured its prior commitments to the Arabs, and instead pursued its own colonial interests at the expense of what Antonius calls the “true will of the people,” namely unity and independence of the awakeningg Arab state.

A Source for the Historian? Even as Antonius acknowledges the failures of al-Husayn and Faysal to successfully advocate for the Arab cause to the Allies or to fight effectively for it themselves, his portrayal of them is nonetheless deeply sympathetic, rendering them as tragic victims of their own honest and trusting natures. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. I keep retreading it and quoting it. There are, indeed, weaker passages: The cure for the eviction of the Jews from Germany is not to anyonius sought in the eviction of the Arabs arb their homeland; and the relief of Jewish distress may not be accomplished at the cost of inflicting a corresponding distress upon innocent and peaceful population.


My knowledge of Arab affairs enables me to state, with the deepest conviction, that the Arabs are at heart as attached to those principles as any other civilized people.

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