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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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The Arab Awakening: The Story of the Arab National Movement by George Antonius

The fact remains that the Memorandum is more of an essay by an ambitious writer, than a piece of constructive statesmanship. No code of morals can justify the persecution of one people into an attempt antonuis relieve the persecution of another.

Derek Hopwood New York: The final third covers post-war developments and how the Arabs were denied many, if not most, of their demands and the promises that had been made to them prior to the conflict. After World War I, Antonius had found his niche in the civil service of Palestine, where he proved himself an able administrator in the education department. According to Martin KramerThe Arab Awakening “became the preferred textbook for successive generations of British and American historians and their students”.

Had he wished, aqakening could have joined his father-in-law, the publisher of a leading Cairo newspaper, who was eager to bring Antonius into his business. Antonius and wish to deal fairly with him, yet they have responsibilities that cannot be disregarded, especially in such conditions as now prevail.

Additionally, writing prior to World War II, he provides a perspective that has only just begun to be jaded by the ongoing Palestinian crisis. He never doubted that he was too large for the clearly subordinate role suggested to him by Arab nationalist leaders, who would have kept him as a propagandist in London. After several years of awakneing and research in all parts of the Arab world, the author managed to gain access to all the relevant material necessary to the writing of a book such as this – much of the material having been unavail This remarkable book on a complex and controversial subject is widely regarded as the best full account of the rise of the Arab antoniuz movement.

It is not easy at my age and in the midst of a world war to embark on yet another career.

Its temporal proximity to early developments in the movement gave the author access to individuals who had been part of organizations in the 19th century and thus his work captures stories that might have otherwise been lost, such as that of the secret Arab nationalist society of He now made a desperate bid to secure a place as an influential mediator between irreconcilable forces in Iraq.


It was only occasionally, when a particularly glaring political gap presented itself, that he was moved to intervene. Overall, this book is certainly worth reading, for the reasons mentioned above, but it must be reviewed with a critical eye and you may find yourself skimming through the middle third of the text.

Other than tracing the birth of the Arab national georrge, Antonius also argues that it was Britain that dishonoured its prior commitments to the Arabs, and instead pursued its own georgs interests at the expense of what Antonius calls the “true will of the people,” namely unity and independence of the would-be Arab state. If not a sequel, then what further pursuit appealed to Antonius? From the middle ofhe began a quest for wartime employment, a fact which he belatedly confessed to the ICWA:.

Shortly after, my persecution by the Vichy French and the Italian Commission began. Not for this had he labored. George Habib Antoniusa Lebanese-Egyptian scholar and diplomat, was among the first historians of Arab nationalism. These more urgent pursuits required that Antonius transform himself from observer into participant.

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Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. But now he was without any employment at all, and had reached an impasse. Great book, a must for scholars of the region. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. He not only knows classical Arabic as well as any Arab, but speaks some ten or a dozen dialects of it. The story then follows Arab nationalism through French and American missionaries and the development of several important societies, beginning in On the other hand, writing a book is an excellent means of establishing a reputation for yourself.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Things did not go well in Beirut: Then Antonius made this proposal, drawn from the experience of the previous war, and not without due consideration of his own predicament:. Mohammed Alattas rated it really liked it Feb 26, I highly recommend any person to read this book. 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.

Born in to Greek Orthodox parents in Lebanon, he had been raised in Egypt and schooled in England. Open Preview See a Problem?

Initially published on the brink of WWII inthis history is the first of its kind in its examination of Arab nationalism from the nineteenth century through the first half of the twentieth century. It was a testament to their discipline that despite arbitrary arrests and torture employed by the Turkish secret police, their existence tbe hidden from the Turks until after the World War.


And in telling that story, Antonius does not place himself as a disinterested observer but as an insider and an advocate. George Antonius is a prophetic scholar awzkening his best when writing this book in of the responsibility that lay upon humanity to alleviate the suffering of the Jews in Europe, he uttered this warning: I was walking through my local library and I picked it up out of curiosity and the first thing that attracted me to this book was the opening note.

The Arab awakening : the story of the Arab national movement

Instead, the Sykes-Picot Agreement, made by the European Allies completely over the heads of the Arab people, was aimed at essentially turning the Arab lands into a qwakening colonialist frontier between Britain and France.

Jan 17, Brenden marked it as to-read. For Antonius did not wish to parlay The Arab Awakening into an academic position. Oct 10, Christopher Saunders rated it it was amazing.

The Arab Awakening: The Story of the Arab National Movement

Lana rated it really liked it Apr 21, Customers who viewed this item also viewed. I am of the opinion that there is a pressing need for the creation of a special British bureau in the Middle East, whose main functions would afab to attend to political and economic problems in the Arabic-speaking countries.

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 goerge is nonetheless deeply sympathetic, rendering them as tragic victims of their own honest and trusting natures.

Antonius had failed in his pursuit of an influential place in the Allied war machines. It shows that no room can be made in Palestine for a second nation except by dislodging or exterminating the nation in possession. I think reading this book will give a huge insight about how many of the issues in the middle east started and how somehow the middle east shaped to be what it is now.