Friday, May 16, 2008

Mesopotamia morsel

Commemorating the week that the Israel turns 60 years old, the New Yorker has a great two page summary of the historical events that led to this nation’s birth. It is great reading for Mesopotamia watchers and a reflection on the effects that revisionist historians are having around shaping established cultural outlooks. It also lists some of the fallacies behind the birthing, like the one detailed in the novel Exodus by Leon Uris (which had a great effect on shaping Western sentiments around Israel’s birth).

Caricature of Theodor Herzl in the 1896 Annual Journal of the Vienna Journalists Association

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